Disclosure of adverse events in pediatrics

Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management, Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

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Despite increasing attention to issues of patient safety, preventable adverse events (AEs) continue to occur, causing direct and consequential injuries to patients, families, and health care providers. Pediatricians generally agree that there is an ethical obligation to inform patients and families about preventable AEs and medical errors. Nonetheless, barriers, such as fear of liability, interfere with disclosure regarding preventable AEs. Changes to the legal system, improved communications skills, and carefully developed disclosure policies and programs can improve the quality and frequency of appropriate AE disclosure communications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20163215
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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