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Legal Consequences of the Moral Duty to Report Errors

Hall, Jacqulyn Kay JD, BSN, MEd

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Abstract

Increasingly, clinicians are under a moral duty to report errors to the patients who are injured by such errors. The sources of this duty are identified, and its probable impact on malpractice litigation and criminal law is discussed. The potential consequences of enforcing this new moral duty as a minimum in law are noted. One predicted consequence is that the trend will be accelerated toward government payment of compensation for errors. The effect of truth-telling on individuals is discussed.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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