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Quebec doctors must tell patients about medical “accidents”

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1192
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    A new ethics code announced this month by the Quebec College of Physicians states that doctors in Quebec must tell their patients about all “incidents,” “accidents,” or “complications” that occur during treatment and that could have a substantial impact on the patient's health. Doctors who do not reveal such events to their patients could be subject to fines or suspension. But the code does not use the term “medical errors.”

    “When one speaks of errors there is an implication of …

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