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The Truth About Lying to Patients

A recent survey published in Health Affairs found that 20% of nearly 2,000 physician respondents said that “they had not fully disclosed mistakes to patients for fear of being sued” in the past year. When I first heard about...

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Physician Decision-Making: Damned If You Do…

Here’s a little story from the early days of my first job as a chairman of surgery. Shortly after I assumed the role of surgical chairman in a community teaching hospital at the ripe old age of 40, and having absolutely no...

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Complications & Collateral Damage

“Collateral damage: the effect of patient complications on the surgeon’s psyche” was a brief but interesting paper that probably went unnoticed by many. Using the results of a survey completed by only 123 of...

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