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October 12, 2005

To Err Is Human

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1758-1759. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1759-a

In Reply: Dr Surbone and colleagues appropriately highlight the differences in safety challenges among medical specialties and the important role that specialty societies can play in addressing them. Fortunately, more and more societies are taking up the cause. We applaud the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology program on attitudinal, emotional, communication, and cultural issues that affect safety. We equally applaud the authors’ commitment to truthful communication with patients. This is consistent with the IOM call for transparency and honesty in all communications with patients,1 which we endorse.

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