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Responding Justly to Patients Harmed by Medical Care: Disclosure, Compensation, and Litigation

Award Year: 2007 Investigator: Thomas Gallagher, Michelle Mello
The Institute of Medicine's 2000 report, To Err Is Human, and the widespread media attention it received, dramatically increased awareness of the extent of medical mistakes in U.S. hospitals. Since then, a number of states and national quality organizations have adopted policies requiring or encouraging medical professionals to tell patients and families when unanticipated "adverse events" occur.