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Institutional disclosure: Promise and problems

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This study explores rationale for and barriers to the prompt and honest disclosure by healthcare organizations of care-related un-intended harm to patients. Although fear of legal action is frequently put forward as the reason that disclosure programs have been slow to be adopted by the medical community, social and nonjurisprudential explanations also pose challenges. This study identifies multiple facilitators and obstacles that transcend concerns about litigation and limit disclosure of adverse events that result in serious injury or death.

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