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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181899c6d
How to Prevent a Malpractice Suit

Physician Error and Disclosure

PELT, JENNY L. JD; FALDMO, LYNDA P. RN, JD

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Abstract

Traditional patient and physician attitudes toward disclosure are discussed. Studies show that full disclosure does not lead to more litigation, but has decreased the number of claims filed and the average settlement value. There is a current movement toward full disclosure by healthcare institutions. As full disclosure policies are adopted by more institutions and legislation that protects expressions of apology and sympathy accompanying those disclosures is enacted, the result will be improved patient care and a decrease in future errors.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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