Physicians sometimes are reluctant to discuss controversial subjects with their patients. But these discussions become easier, and often produce better outcomes, when physicians explain why they are bringing up the subject, and try to understand the patient’s perspective on it.
There has been much published in both the medical and lay press about the magnitude of errors in medicine. This is a contentious subject with wildly variable results most likely due to the difficulties associated with the many and varied complexities of clinical medicine.
For Contemporary OB/GYN, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a study published in BMJ. The study looked at the number of deaths cause by medical error and the methodology that keeps it off the most likely causes of death.