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Parents less likely to sue if told about medical errors

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 26, 2005

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Nearly all parents -- 99% -- want physicians to tell them about an error involving their children, no matter what the severity, according to a survey of 499 parents published in the December Pediatrics. Parents interviewed said that although the severity of an error would influence their decision about whether to sue, 36% said they would be less likely to take legal action if the physician disclosed the error to them directly.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/12/26/prbf1226.htm.

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