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Doctors should be encouraged to talk to colleagues who make errors, group says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6527 (Published 31 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6527
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Healthcare organisations should encourage doctors to rethink their relationships with colleagues who make errors, encouraging them to raise problems directly rather than thinking that it is more supportive to keep quiet, recommends a US expert group in a report published this week.1

Existing guidelines emphasise the importance of disclosing errors that clinicians make themselves but offer little guidance on disclosing others’ mistakes. …

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