What are the repercussions of disclosing a medical error?
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Physicians and their staff may experience a resolution of anxiety and guilt that can improve their well-being (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, based on survey data). Full disclosure has little effect, however, on the likelihood that an injured patient will seek legal counsel (SOR: C, based on survey data). Successful disclosure of a medical error can improve a patient's confidence in the physician and lead to improved outcomes (SOR: C, based on expert opinion).
Journal of Family Practice, 57(2) 2008: 124-125.