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Surgeons' disclosures of clinical adverse events.

Elwy R, Itani KMF, Bokhour BG, et al. Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(11):1015-1021. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1787.

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July 27, 2016
Elwy R, Itani KMF, Bokhour BG, et al. JAMA Surg. 2016;151:1015-1021.

Even though disclosure of medical errors reduces litigation and patient distress, many providers remain uncomfortable with disclosing and apologizing for errors. In this survey of 67 surgeons across 3 medical centers, most reported prompt disclosure of adverse events. Surgeons who had difficult disclosure conversations experienced more anxiety. These results highlight the continued importance of supporting providers who experience emotional distress after medical errors.

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Elwy R, Itani KMF, Bokhour BG, et al. Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(11):1015-1021. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1787.