It has been seen that it is important to disclose medical errors made by physicians and clinicians. However, it is one of the most difficult things to do. University of Iowa conducted research on medical errors and came out with studies that examine why this is the case and how increased understanding can help not just patients and doctors but the overall healthcare system in the United States.
The research on medical errors that was conducted was based on 300 previously published papers on factors that obstruct or help doctors to disclosure their mistakes. The result of the study was published in the April 2006 issue of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The second study suggested new methods for understanding these factors and was published online in May 2006 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The research highlights how difficult it is to understand the reasons that affect a clinician’s motivation to disclose his medical errors. The bottom line of the research on medical errors is that a clinician should always concentrate and focus on his patients but when an error is made, we should also consider the clinician because usually the error is not because of an individual, and rather it is because of the problems in the healthcare system. However, disclosing medical errors, as the research revealed, is an individual issue because often just one person knows about it and the disclosure, as a result, ends up becoming an individual responsibility.
The research on medical errors also should that patients have the right to know when things are not going the way they should, hospitals and healthcare centers need to know that medical error had taken place to improve patient safety and if the doctor or healthcare provider, who commits the error, shares it with a colleague, it can help educate other doctors not to repeat the same error.
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