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Doctor Mistakes

The Low-Tech Revolution to Health Care Reform

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

It took me a decade -- first as a caregiver to my mother, and then as a practicing physician and patient advocate -- to figure out that the story is absolutely fundamental to medical practice. Indeed, it can save your life.

The Hidden Costs of Stifling Medical Mistakes

Michael Drew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Michael Drew

Physicians are human and make mistakes like everyone else. Our weakness lies in denying human fallibility. Our strength lies in acknowledging our imperfections and working together to transform weaknesses into strengths.

The Other Victims of Medical Errors

Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D.

How do we reconcile our commitment to excellence in health care with the inevitability of medical errors? How can we be comforted while accepting our fallibility as humans? The words of Voltaire -- "Perfection is the enemy of the good" -- point to one possibility.

Healing the Healer

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

We sometimes forget that those great minds in medicine live in a body -- a human body. Those bodies need restorative sleep, nourishing food, stable blood sugar, exercise, and time for connection, reflection, and community.

'Doctors Make Mistakes': A Commentary on Medical Errors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am heartened by the dawn of what is called "patient-centered care." This is far more than a slogan; it is a deep and abiding commitment by caregivers to put the patient first, foremost, in a medical care system too often organized for the convenience of caregivers and administrators.

About My Error

David Ring, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2013 | Home
David Ring, M.D., Ph.D.

While leaving that day I saw the director of the operating room walking towards me. What would he say? The possibilities raced across my mind.

Lawsuit: Family Says Doctors Mistakingly Declared Son Dead

AP | Posted 10.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The parents of an 8-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced t...

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Brian Goldman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Brian Goldman, MD

Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.

Why Doctors Should Disclose Their Mistakes

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Doctors and hospitals are finding that when they make a mistake, sharing the information with the patient isn't just the right thing and the smart thing -- it can be a money-saving thing.