AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2005, Volume 7, Number 08

Ethics Poll

Physician Communication and Error Disclosure

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

How would you rate your communication with your own physician?
When an awkward situation arises between you and a coworker, your approach generally is to:
Due to a physician or pharmacy error, you received a greater-than-intended drug dose that caused temporary discomfort but no long-term harm. Your physician describes how the error occurred and apologizes for it. As a result:
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.