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Module 5: Disclosing Errors

Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:

  1. Describe, in outline, the history of the ethics of truth-telling.
  2. Describe and evaluate the different ethical justifications for truth-telling in general and for disclosing medical error in particular.
  3. Describe Buckman's six-step method for breaking bad news.

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Additional Resources


A good general resource on the topic of truth telling in medicine can be found at http://sprojects.mmi.mcgill.ca/ethics/X/topics/truthtelling/truthtelling_main.htm

A succinct, well written overview of truth telling in medicine is offered by James Drane at http://www.uchile.cl/bioetica/doc/honesty.htm

Another useful overview is found at http://2006.confex.com/uicc/uicc/techprogram/P10511.HTM

The topic of hope and truth telling in the context of serious illness is explored at http://www.eperc.mcw.edu/fastFact/ff_021.htm

Truth telling in the context of terminal cancer is analyzed at http://www2.unescobkk.org/eubios/BetCD/Bet11.doc

A sophisticated academic exploration of truth telling is found at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2000.tb05161.x



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