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Voluntary Disclosure and Apology Protection

Physicians are ethically bound by an American Medical Association mandate to disclose adverse medical incidents. Counsel typically warn physicians about the risks of discussing adverse incidents with patients or their families because of malpractice risks. However, since 2005, a voluntary organization, The Sorry Works! Coalition (www.sorryworks.net), has advocated for disclosure, apology (when appropriate) and up-front compensation (also when appropriate) after adverse medical events. Evidence shows this builds patient trust and communication, reducing malpractice expense.
 
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