Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Dr Brennan1
advocates anonymous reporting of events that may harm patients. As a patient,
I support that proposal because I sense that physicians now believe they have
a professional duty to not report.
Even with an anonymous confidential reporting mechanism, full reporting
may be an impractical ideal. Nevertheless, the resulting incomplete database
of errors may be adequate to expose root causes of system defects so that
effective solutions can be defined. Of course, solutions might not be implemented
without sufficient available evidence of serious defects. Therefore, it is
important—through various forms of reporting—to strive for a robust
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