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Mea culpa, mea culpa: a call for privilege for self-disclosure of error in the setting of primary medical education

Knoll, A.M.

Journal of Health Law 35(3): 419-442

2002


ISSN/ISBN: 1526-2472
PMID: 12472150
Accession: 046633399

Medical errors cause 44,000 to 98,000 deaths per year, which is due, in part, to the lack of privileged self-reporting systems. Such systems are of great value to the medical community, especially to new doctors and to medical students. Nonetheless, because documents produced for self-reporting conferences and statements made against self-interest are admissible in court, many observers believe that doctors are discouraged from self-reporting errors. The author proposes the creation of a new medical self-disclosure privilege to protect and promote self-reporting systems, which will lead to a reduction in medical errors.

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