No one likes admitting they made a mistake. It is no fun owning up to where you fell short. In the world of medicine this is amplified. A recent study published in The Journal of Patient Safety found that it is the exception, not the rule that Patients who are victims of a medical mistake or injury rarely get an acknowledgment or apology.
The study was led by Dr. Martin Makary a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. They looked at responses to a patient harm questionnaire from a one year period ending in May 2013. While the findings are not enough to make definitive conclusions when it comes to patient harm and disclosure they serve as a great place to start a conversation about accountability in medical care.