Elwy et al quantitatively assess surgeons’ reports of disclosure of adverse events and aspects of their experiences with the disclosure process. Most of the surgeons completing the web-based surveys used 5 of the 8 recommended disclosure items and discussed steps taken to treat any subsequent problems. It was found that surgeons who reported they were less likely to discuss preventability of the adverse event, or who reported difficult communication experiences, were more negatively affected by disclosure than others.
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