Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Identifier

PMID: 26908678 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3828

Abstract

Professionalism requires that doctors acknowledge their errors and figure out how to avoid making similar ones in the future. Over the last few decades, doctors have gotten better at acknowledging mistakes and apologizing to patients when a mistake happens. Such disclosure is especially complicated when one becomes aware of an error made by a colleague. We present a case in which consultant surgeons became aware that a colleague seemed to have made a serious error. Experts in surgery and bioethics comment on appropriate responses to this situation.

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

137

Issue

3

First Page

20153828

Last Page

20153828

MeSH Keywords

Attitude of Health Personnel; Clinical Competence; Digestive System Surgical Procedures; Disclosure; Disease Management; Hirschsprung Disease; Humans; Infant, Newborn; Medical Errors; Physicians

Keywords

medical errors; surgery; mistakes

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