Nurses' perspectives regarding the disclosure of errors to patients: a qualitative study.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
In this qualitative interview study, most nurses believed that errors should be disclosed to patients, but few of them reported actually disclosing errors. Barriers to error disclosure included insufficient training, lack of organizational support, and personal fears. These findings are consistent with prior studies of physicians and underscore the difficulty in making error disclosure the standard of care.