Honesty in the perioperative setting: Error and communication

Puneet Singh, Baddr A. Shakhsheer, Ross Milner

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Since the Institute of Medicine report, “To Err is Human," there has been a great focus on medical errors and the creation of systems to prevent the occurrence of these errors. Error disclosure is critical to managing medical errors in order to uphold the ethical principles of autonomy and truth-telling, both integral to the physician- patient relationship. Surgeons feel responsible for their patients’ outcomes and report that errors should be disclosed though the surgeon may not have the proper training in disclosure. Institutional support, both for the emotional disruption that physicians face and for disclosure training programs, is important to advance patient-centered communication and high-quality health care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthical Issues in Anesthesiology and Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319159492
ISBN (Print)9783319159485
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Disclosure
  • Ethics
  • Medical Error
  • Physician-Patient Relationship

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    Singh, P., Shakhsheer, B. A., & Milner, R. (2015). Honesty in the perioperative setting: Error and communication. In Ethical Issues in Anesthesiology and Surgery (pp. 139-149). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15949-2_12