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Source: Consumers’ Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information Survey: July 2004 (14)

Should physicians be required to tell patients if a preventable medical error resulting in serious harm is made in their OWN care, or not?

88

Yes

9

No

2

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know

1

(DO NOT READ) Refused

If a preventable medical error that resulted in serious harm were made in your care, how likely do you think the doctor would be to tell you– very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?

23

Very likely

31

Somewhat likely

25

Not very likely

19

Not at all likely

2

(DO NOT READ) Don’t know

*

(DO NOT READ) Refused

Did the doctor or the health professionals involved tell you that a medical error had been made in your or your family member’s treatment, or didn’t they tell you?

Based on those involved with a preventable medical error (n=685)

28

Told you

70

Did not tell you

2

Don’t know/Refused

Survey by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Harvard School of Public Health. Methodology: Fieldwork Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, July 7-September 5, 2004 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 2,012. 

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