AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2004, Volume 6, Number 3.

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March 2004 Contents

Patient Safety and Medical Error

Ethics Poll

Have you ever been concerned about the impact of a colleague?s practices on patient safety?
Yes
No

Have you ever confronted a colleague about patient safety concerns?
Yes
No

Have you ever reported a colleague because of safety concerns?
Yes
No

Assuming that all physicians and students have been involved directly or indirectly in the case of a patient when medical errors were made, were the patients told of the error?
Always
Sometimes
Never

Has a medical error been made during the care of you or a family member?
Not that I know of.
Yes, I was told about it by the physician.
Yes, I was told about it by other medical staff.
Yes, I found out about it, but was never told by physician or medical staff.

From the Editor

Patient Safety and Medical Error: A Constant Focus in Medical Ethics
Erin Egan
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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Disagreement over Error Disclosure
Commentary by Brintha Krishnamoorthy and Kevin O'Rourke
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Problem Peers
Commentary by Kevin Simpson and Scott Pawlikowski
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HMO-Dictated Patient Discharge
Commentary by Lisa Anderson-Shaw and Linda MacDonald Glenn
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Journal Discussion

Leap-Frogging to Forgiveness
Faith Lagay
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A Place of Healing? Medical Injuries in the Hospital Setting
Richard Morse
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Medical Education

Thoughts on Patient Safety Education and the Role of Simulation
Stephen D. Small
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Clinical Pearl

Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
Donald Levick
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Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Suspending a Physician without a Hearing
June M. McKoy
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Policy Forum

Content of Medical Error Disclosures
Thomas H. Gallagher
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The National Practitioner Data Bank: Promoting Safety and Quality
Teresa M. Waters and Peter P. Budetti
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Improving the Quality and Safety of Care at Loyola University Health System
William Barron
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Medicine and Society

To Err is Human: Understanding the Data
Kayhan Parsi
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Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Law, Health Care, and Ethics: Detoxifying the Lethal Mix
Bryan A. Liang
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Lessons from the Worst-Case Scenario
Erin Egan
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Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Test Questions
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About the Contributors
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