Clinical risk management and the ethics of open disclosure : part 1 : benefits and risks to patient safety

Johnstone, Megan-Jane 2008, Clinical risk management and the ethics of open disclosure : part 1 : benefits and risks to patient safety, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 88-94, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2008.02.006.

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Title Clinical risk management and the ethics of open disclosure : part 1 : benefits and risks to patient safety
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 88
End page 94
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) clinical risk management
open disclosure
patient safety
law
ethics
nurses
Summary Patient safety experts and other authorities have strongly postulated the open disclosure of errors and adverse events to patients as an essential component of effective clinical risk management in health care. Commentators also contend that ‘when things go wrong’, openly disclosing such events to the patient and his or her nominated support person is simply ‘the right thing to do’. Despite the obvious importance of the issue of open disclosure and its possible implications for the nursing profession, it has not been comprehensively addressed in the nursing literature. A key aim of this article (the first of a two-part discussion) is to contribute to the positive project of redressing this oversight by providing a brief overview of what open disclosure is and what its intended purpose, aims, and rationale are. Consideration is also given to the risks and benefits of open disclosure as a public policy and whether it will succeed in achieving the anticipated outcomes envisaged. In a second article (to be presented as Part II), the ethics of open disclosure and its possible implications for the nursing profession are explored.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2008.02.006
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017231

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