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The importance of transparent and timely communication with patients following breakdowns in care is widely recognized. This article seeks to gain better understanding of breast cancer care providers’ attitudes regarding communicating with patients about diagnostic errors in order to inform interventions and to improve patient-provider discussions. Discussions focused on providers’ experiences with potential errors in breast cancer diagnosis, communication with patients following three hypothetical diagnostic vignettes, and suggestions for how and why diagnostic errors in breast cancer care should be communicated.


Reisch LM, Prouty CD, Elmore JG, Gallagher TH. Communicating with patients about diagnostic errors in breast cancer care: Providers' attitudes, experiences, and advice. Patient Educ Couns. 2020;103(4):833-838. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2019.11.022