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Ethical Dilemmas With Disclosing Medical Errors

July 5, 2017

In the U.S., there is broad ethical consensus supporting disclosure of known medical errors, but even so, the physician who must acknowledge a mistake faces a daunting situation. Disclosing medical errors is the theme of this physician-patient interaction resulting in a medical liability lawsuit.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Medical Ethics, Case Study, Physician, Unanticipated Outcomes, Medical Errors & Apology, Ophthalmology

Responding to the Discovery of Discrepancies in Imaging Interpretation

June 21, 2017

With many radiology cases, it is only in hindsight — with the knowledge that there is, in fact, an abnormality — that the abnormality can then be identified by comparison.1 Consider how the outcome of this case might have been different if the second radiologist had more thoughtfully reported the discrepancies in imaging interpretation.

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Filed under: Diagnosis & Testing, Radiology, Oncology, Case Study, Physician, Practice Communication, Medical Errors & Apology
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