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Health Aff (Millwood). 2014;33:6-66.
Articles in this special issue cover findings from a federally-funded initiative to identify approaches to improve error disclosure and reform medical liability. Full disclosure, patient engagement, and communication-and-resolution programs are highlighted as successful strategies.
Effects of a communication-and-resolution program on hospitals' malpractice claims and costs.
Kachalia A, Sands K, Van Niel M, et al. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37:1836-1844.
Do written disclosures of serious events increase risk of malpractice claims? One health care system's experience.
Painter LM, Kidwell KM, Kidwell RP, et al. J Patient Saf. 2018;14:87-94.
The impact of incident disclosure behaviors on medical malpractice claims.
Giraldo P, Sato L, Castells X. J Patient Saf. 2017 Jun 30; [Epub ahead of print].
In Conversation With… Richard C. Boothman, JD
How does routine disclosure of medical error affect patients' propensity to sue and their assessment of provider quality?: Evidence from survey data.
Helmchen LA, Richards MR, McDonald TB. Med Care. 2010;48:955-961.
Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure program.
Kachalia A, Kaufman SR, Boothman R, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:213-221.
Risk managers, physicians, and disclosure of harmful medical errors.
Loren DJ, Garbutt J, Dunagan WC, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2010;36:101-108.
Assessing legislative potential to institute error transparency: a state comparison of malpractice claims rates.
Perez B, DiDona T. J Healthc Qual. 2010;32:36-41.
A proposal to use common ground that exists between the medical and legal professions to promote a culture of safety.
Pegalis SE. New York Law School Law Rev. 2007;51:1056-1075.
Disclosure of medical injury to patients: an improbable risk management strategy.
Studdert DM, Mello MM, Gawande AA, Brennan TA, Wang YC. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007;26:215-226.
Will saying "I'm sorry" prevent a malpractice lawsuit?
Berlin L. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2006;187:10-15.
The Sorry Works! Coalition: making the case for full disclosure.
Wojcieszak D, Banja J, Houk C. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2006;32:344-350.
Does full disclosure of medical errors affect malpractice liability? The jury is still out.
Kachalia A, Shojania KG, Hofer TP, Piotrowski M, Saint S. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2003;29:503-511.
Communication, Apology, and Resolution Forum.
Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury. May 7, 2019; Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA.
Disclosure of Errors
Holding out for an apology.
Taking the blame: appropriate responses to medical error.
Tigard DW. J Med Ethics. 2019;45:101-105.
Can communication-and-resolution programs achieve their potential? Five key questions.
Gallagher TH, Mello MM, Sage WM, Bell SK, McDonald TB, Thomas EJ. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37:1845-1852.
"Saying sorry": some strategies for effective apology within the workplace.
Cleary M, Lees D, Lopez V. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2018;39:980-982.
Defensive medicine: it is time to finally slow down an epidemic.
Vento S, Cainelli F, Vallone A. World J Clin Cases. 2018;6:406-409.
My human doctor.
Peskin SM. New York Times. October 4, 2018.
"It matters what I think, not what you say": scientific evidence for a medical error disclosure competence (MEDC) model.
Hannawa AF, Frankel RM. J Patient Saf. 2018 Jul 20; [Epub ahead of print].
What can apologies in the electronic health record tell us about health care quality, processes, and safety?
Matulis JC III, North F. J Patient Saf. 2018 Jul 17; [Epub ahead of print].
Physician engagement in malpractice risk reduction: a UPHS case study.
Diraviam SP, Sullivan PG, Sestito JA, Nepps ME, Clapp JT, Fleisher LA. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2018;44:605-612.
Disclosure and apology: nursing and risk management working together.
Russell D. Nurs Manage. 2018;49:17-19.
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