Author: Ross E. and Ackroyd-Stolarz S. Publication Year: 2014
Summary: The purpose of this study was to describe the current state of education for Canadian medical students and residents on disclosure of adverse events (AE) to patients

Description: An adverse event (AE) is an unintended injury or complication related to the care and/or health services provided to a patient. The Canadian Adverse Events Study (Baker et al. 2004) found that approximately 185,000 hospital visits annually are associated with an AE. Regardless of the cause, the duty to disclose AEs to patients is well grounded in ethical principles, and is recognized by professional bodies.

The purpose of this study was to describe the current state of education for Canadian medical students and residents on disclosure of AEs to patients by means of an online survey administered to Associate Deans of Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) and Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME). The authors developed a cross-sectional online survey and e-mailed it to Canadian Associate Deans of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education (UGME and PGME) in 2011. The participants reported on inclusion of explicit curricula on disclosure and associated characteristics of the curricula.

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