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Disclosing Adverse Events to Patients: International Norms and Trends


Researchers reviewed patterns in healthcare policies and trends in five countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada) with histories of disclosing adverse incidents to patients. The researchers wanted to analyze the barriers that prevent healthcare providers and institutions from disclosing adverse events to their patients. They concluded that some barriers included difficulties with liability fees, patients’ beliefs on safety in the healthcare setting, and implementing policy changes on a large-scale. Effective ways to combat these challenges include carrying out a long-term program that involves educating patients and healthcare workers about safety.



Wu, A. W., McCay, L., Levinson, W., Iedema, R., Wallace, G., Boyle, D. J., … Gallagher, T. H. (2017). Disclosing Adverse Events to Patients: International Norms and Trends. Journal of Patient Safety, 13(1), 43–49.