How medical errors affect physicians emotionally

By Dennis J. Boyle, MD

Understanding the impact can help improve patient safety

Errors are all too frequent in medicine. The 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System estimated that as many as 98,000 deaths occur in U.S. hospitals each year as a result of iatrogenic error or injury. The IOM report strongly suggested that physicians recognize, prevent, and properly disclose clinical errors.

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