Reportable events often go unreported
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Quick View. Posted April 14, 2008
Doctors often are unsure about whether to give an account of an adverse outcome to a hospital or other authority.
According to a survey, doctors who knew how to report errors in their institutions were more likely to do so. Here are some factors that impede physician error reporting.
Source: "Reporting Medical Errors to Improve Patient Safety," Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 14