Patients who believe their doctors or providers would inform them of medical errors are more likely to be forgiving than those who doubt their caregivers would disclose errors, according to a report in the November issue of Medical Care.
Surveying a representative sample of Illinois residents, researchers found that only 10% of respondents thought their doctors would be very likely to inform them of medical errors. About 25% of respondents said they would file medical malpractice lawsuits if told about medical errors.
Of the respondents who were most confident that their doctors would inform them of errors, more than 60% said they would still recommend the provider regardless of any errors. But only 30% who were skeptical of disclosure would continue to recommend the provider.
It appears that patients responses to actual medical error disclosure vary by their perception of the providers likelihood to disclose medical errors in principle rather than the level of information revealed, the studys authors wrote.
To read the full report, go to http://www.wolterskluwerhealth.com/News/Pages/DoYouThinkYourDoctorWouldTellYouifaMedicalErrorOccurred.aspx.