Despite protective apology legislation across Canada, many doctors and other health-care professionals remain too afraid or ashamed to apologize after medical errors.
Doctor depression, burnout and suicide have been rising for some time, and overwork was considered the norm. A health care lawyer explains why the legal and regulatory systems must intervene.
Litigation may sound like an obvious route for someone who experiences a medical injury. But it’s a lengthy and stressful process, and rarely provides relief to patients and their families.
Research shows that Indigenous women are at greatest risk of injury within Canada. Income, education and housing inequities play a role. So does systemic racism and post-colonial trauma.
There is little if any evidence that the frequency of sentinel events reflects the overall quality of care provided by a hospital.
Complex systems, from TV shows to hospitals, have plenty of checks and procedures, so why do things still go wrong?
A recent study suggesting that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. made headlines. But the methods researchers used to draw this conclusion are flawed.
In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. But blaming the doctors won’t help.