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Surbone A, Rowe M, Gallagher TH. J Clin Oncol. 2007;25:1463-1467.
Reviewing current concepts in error disclosure, the authors address unique considerations that oncologists face in disclosing errors to cancer patients.
Journal Article > Study
Mazor KM, Greene SM, Roblin D, et al. Patient Educ Couns. 2013;90:341-346.
The art and science of error disclosure continues to generate significant attention as health care organizations and their providers increase efforts to communicate with patients following an adverse event. These efforts have included implementation of formal disclosure policies, such as Harvard's When Things Go Wrong, emphasizing the importance of sharing information about the event and providing an empathetic apology to patients. This study conducted in-depth interviews with patients who believed an error occurred in their cancer-related care and found that provider responses continue to fall short of expectations. Specifically, while patients appreciated expressions of remorse, empathy and caring, acknowledgment of responsibility, and efforts to prevent recurrences, these elements were often missing. Patients reported that actions (more than words) and evidence of clinician learning were most important. A past AHRQ WebM&M conversation and perspective discussed many facets of error disclosure.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.