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Subtracting insult from injury: addressing cultural expectations in the disclosure of medical error
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    Make Errors Transparent

    Dear Editor,

    Make Errors Transparent is necessary to reduce future medical errors and we strongly agree with Berlinger and WU. We need to change the culture and habits of health care so that errors and patient injuries are immediately known and reported - not to punish people, but to find ways to prevent their reoccurrence.

    Although a number of measures to reduce errors were proposed, a key strategy inv...

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    Not all error-prone doctors belong in Dante's Inferno!

    Dear Editor,

    I enjoyed reading Berlinger and Wu’s article on the disclosure of medical errors. I can only agree with the authors that learning how to disclose errors and to apologise should be taught - and indeed encouraged - to doctors, even at the medical school stage. Nevertheless, I did feel uncomfortable in various places in the paper. This letter is an attempt to unearth the reasons for the discomfort....

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