The Two Things That Rarely Happen After a Medical Mistake
It’s an interesting dilemma - if the harm was small do you undermine the patient’s confidence in their treatment? If the harm was great, do you encourage the lawsuit? Also be warned that this is a non scientific, small sample size, non random selection group in the study.
Patients who suffer injuries, infections or mistakes during medical care rarely get an acknowledgment or apology, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report.
The study was based on responses of 236 patients who completed ProPublica’s Patient Harm Questionnaire during the one-year period ending in May 2013 and who agreed to share their data.
Results of the study, led by professor of surgery Marty Makary and conducted independently from ProPublica, were published online Nov. 13 by the Journal of Patient Safety.