Thursday, November 03, 2005

Talking about our mistakes- good advise for doctors

Talking about our mistakes - good advise for doctors
" Most lawyers and insurance companies advise physicians never to discuss potential litigation with their patients, and never to admit to a patient that they made a mistake. Similarly, most lawyers advise patients, who have been injured medically or surgically, never to discuss the matter with their physician. With all due respect to the legal profession, I still maintain that a doctor's office should be the first place a patient goes to express concern about the healthcare received. I also maintain that physicians should encourage dialogue with their patients and discuss problems in an honest and open manner." Patients can be very forgiving if they know (1) that their doctor cares; and (2) has done his best.

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