Title

Legislating Apology for Medical Errors: When Saying “Sorry” Isn’t Enough

Document Type

Video

Date

4-25-2011

Abstract

Honest communication with patients is a moral imperative; health care providers should disclose medical errors to patients and apologize for them. Typically, though, providers do not share this information because of fears that those conversations could be used by aggrieved plaintiffs in malpractice suits. A majority of states have enacted law to provide legal protection for these conversations. Professor Mastroianni will describe and critique these recent state initiatives, questioning their potential to enhance transparency in the healthcare communications and suggesting best practices for statutory design.

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