The impact of incident disclosure behaviors on medical malpractice claims.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
The effect of disclosure of errors on medical malpractice risk remains unclear. This retrospective observational study found that the rates of disclosure did not increase between 2011 and 2013, and volume of malpractice claims also remained unchanged. These results demonstrate that physicians infrequently disclose or apologize for errors, despite efforts to encourage disclosure of adverse events.