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Pettersen B, Tate J, Tipper K, McKean H. Colorado Senate Bill 19-201.
Communication-and-resolution mechanisms are seen as important approaches to improving transparency and healing after an adverse event. This state bill, referred to as the "Colorado Candor Act," protects conversations between organizations, clinicians, patient, and families from legal discoverability and outlines criteria to guarantee that protection.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Medical Society.
Postman D. The Seattle Times. February 21, 2006:A1.
This article reports on a compromise reached by doctors and lawyers in Washington state. The proposed bill would allow physicians to apologize for mistakes without the apology being used against them in court.
Partnership for Health and Accountability. Marietta, GA: Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation; 2004.
In this 55-minute video, a medical ethicist, a hospital risk manager, and two health care attorneys review three clinical vignettes involving medical error. The video also presents communication techniques that health professionals can use to show empathy when discussing error with patients and families.