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Gentlemen, Start Your Sincere Apologies

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Would you like to have a sincere apology from a treating doctor if medical malpractice occurs? In case you don’t get it from the doctor you can watch a video of what it should look and sound like. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides several variations on the theme.

There is an obligation for physicians and hospitals to disclose adverse events. However, it is difficult to admit making an error, particularly one that harms a patient. This difficulty is compounded by lack of training on the subject.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are working to help educate physicians in how to disclose medical errors to their patients and their families. They’ve developed a 25-minute training video, Removing Insult from Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events. The video features short vignettes of doctors talking with patients to illustrate the best methods for disclosing medical errors. Removing Insult from Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events can be a helpful tool for practicing physicians and physicians in training, risk managers and health care organizations.