Accreditation

Report finds physicians omit information, hide errors

Accreditation Connection, February 10, 2012

Many physicians admit to overly optimistic diagnoses, hide their errors, and are not up front about their connection to organizations such as drug companies, the Boston Globe reports.

The Globe cites a report by the journal Health Affairs, which found that almost 20% of doctors had, in the past year, not disclosed a mistake in order to avoid a lawsuit.

In addition, nearly 40% of physicians interviewed for the report--nearly 1,900 physicians in total--said they did not believe it was necessary to disclose that they had received speaking fees or gifts (such as vacations) from a drug manufacturer before prescribing their product. This also includes disclosure about owning a machine which they are prescribing tests from as well, such as a scanning device.

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