Scanning the Headlines: Disclosure

Updated on August 2, 2006

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Imperato, G.  An organization's duty to self report misconduct:  mandatory or voluntary.  Journal of Health Care Compliance.  8(4):11-16, July/Aug. 2006.

Fox, P., and Patterson, S.  To apologize or not, that is the question.  Hospitals and Health Networks.  80(7):24, July 2006.

Sattinger, A.  I'm sorry:  the role of apology for hospitalists in the course of patient care.  The Hospitalist.  10(6):25-28, June 2006.

Wojcieszak, D., Banja, J., and Hook, C.  The sorry works!  coalition:  making  the case for full disclosure.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  32(6):344-349, June 2006.

Kellerman, B.  When should a leader apologize--and when not?  Harvard Business Review.  Apr. 2006.

Weber, D.  Who's sorry now?  Physician Executive.  32(2):6, 11-14, Mar./Apr. 2006.

Lopez, L.  Full disclosure and apology-an idea whose time has come.  Physician Executive.  32(2):6-14, Mar./Apr. 2006.

Butcher, L.  Lawyers say 'sorry' may sink you in court.  Physician Executive.  32(2):20-24, Mar./Apr. 2006.

When Things go Wrong: Responding to Adverse Event:  A Consensus Statement of the Harvard Hospitals.   Burlington, MA:  Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.  March 2006.

Panicola, M, and Hamel, R.  Conscience, cooperation, and full disclosure.  Health Progress.  87(1):52-59, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Pearls on Disclosure of Adverse Events.  Chicago:  American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2006.

Mazor, K., and others.  Disclosure of medical errors: what factors influence how patients respond?  Journal of General Internal Medicine.  21(7):704-710, 2006.

Huff, C.  The not-so-simple truth.  Hospitals & Health Networks.  79(8):44-55, Aug. 2005.

Kowalczyk, L.  Hospitals study when to apologize to patients.  The Boston Globe.  July 24, 2005.

Cantor, M., and others. Disclosing adverse events to patients.Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 31(1):5-12, Jan. 2005.

Evans, M. Opening up files in Florida. Modern Healthcare. 34(50):12, Dec. 13, 2004.

Kalra, J., Massey, K., and Mulla, A. Disclosure of errors. Health Affairs. 23(6):273-4, Nov./Dec. 2004.

Cohen, J. Future research on disclosure of medical errors. Annals of Internal Medicine. 141(6):481, Sep. 21, 2004.

Mazor, K., Simon, S., and Gurwitz, J. Communicating with patients about medical errors: a review of the literature. Archives of Internal Medicine. 164(15):1690-7, Aug. 9-23, 2004.

Volker, D., and Clark, A. Taking the high road: what should you do when an adverse event occurs? Part II. Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS. 18(4):180-2, July/Aug. 2004.

Liebman, C., and Hyman, C. A mediation skills model to manage disclosure of errors and adverse events to patients. Health Affairs. 23(4):22-32, July/Aug. 2004.

Disclosure of errors preferred by patients. Journal of Family Practice. 53(7):525-6, Jul 2004.

Larkin, H. Cost drivers. Liability. Responding to patients quickly and with candor can avert costly lawsuits. Hospital & Health Networks. 78(6):38-40, 42, June 2004.

Clark, A. Taking the high road: What should you do when an adverse event occurs? Part I. Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS. 18(3):118-9, May/June 2004.

O'Connell, D., and Reifsteck, S. Disclosing unexpected outcomes and medical error. Journal of Medical Practice Management. 19(6):317-23, May/June 2004.

Health plan members' views on disclosure of medical errors. Managed Care Interface. 17(5):47, 51, May 2004.

Summaries for patients. The effects of telling patients about medical errors. Annals of Intern Medicine. 140(6):I17, Mar. 16, 2004.

Disclosure of medical errors. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 43(3):432, Mar. 2004.

Disclosure: What Works Now and What Can Work Even Better.  Chicago:  American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.  Part 3 of 3, Feb. 25, 2004.

Hobgood, C., and others. Error identification, disclosure, and reporting: practice patterns of three emergency medicine provider types. Academic Emergency Medicine. 11(2):196-9, Feb. 2004.

Lamb, R. Open disclosure: the only approach to medical error. Quality & Safety in Health Care. 13(1):3-5, Feb. 2004.

Woods, M., and Bruckner, H. Healing Words: The Power of Apology in Medicine. Oak Park, IL: Doctors in Touch, 2004.

Spath, P. Practical Strategies for Disclosing Medical Errors.Carrollton, TX: HSTN, 2004. [video]

Berlinger, N. Avoiding cheap grace. Medical harm, patient safety, and the culture(s) of forgiveness. The Hastings Center Report. 33(6):28-36, Nov./Dec. 2003.

Disclosure: Creating an Effective Patient Communication Policy.  Chicago:  American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.  Part 2 of 3, Nov. 1, 2003.

Shinkman, R. To err is human; to report it is a quandary. Healthcare Leadership Management Report. 11(11):1-6, 8, Nov. 2003.

Hevia, A., and Hobgood, C. Medical error during residency: to tell or not to tell. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 42(4):565-70, Oct. 2003.

Jones, J., McCullough, L., and Richman, B. What to tell patients harmed by other physicians. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 38(4):866-7, Oct. 2003.

Croteau, R. All outcomes should be disclosed. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. 29(10):556-7, Oct. 2003.

Barron, W., and Kuczewski, M. Unanticipated harm to patients: deciding when to disclose outcomes. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. 29(10):551-5, Oct. 2003.

Kachalia, A., and others. Does full disclosure of medical errors affect malpractice liability? The jury is still out. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. 29(10):503-11, Oct. 2003.

Hall, J. Legal consequences of the moral duty to report errors. JONA'S Healthcare Law, Ethics and Regulation. 5(3):60-4, Sept. 2003.

Williams, L., and others. Differences in the reporting of care-related patient injuries to existing reporting systems. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. 9(9):460-7, Sept. 2003.

Huber, G. Creating a safe environment. Health Affairs. 22(4):41-3, July/Aug. 2003.

Mccaffrey, J. Honest talk. Disclosure is not about asset protection--it is about doing the right thing. Hospital & Health Networks. 77(7):94, July 2003.

Wu, A., and Pronovost, P. Telling patients the truth. Health Affairs. 22(3):249;May/June 2003.

Federico, F. Hospitals disclosing harm. Health Affairs. 22(3):248; May/June 2003.

Disclosure: The Next Step in Better Communication With Patients.  Chicago:  American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.  Part 1 of 3, May 1, 2003..

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