Only 50% Of Pediatricians Will Tell Parents Of Errors Made

October 7, 2008

A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine has found that only half of pediatricians in the U.S. will tell parents of an error they made in treating one of their children....Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine has found that only half of pediatricians in the U.S. will tell parents of an error they made in treating one of their children.

The survey took place with 200 pediatricians working in both St. Louis, as well as Seattle.

For the survey, they had to answer 11 questions in total about two different scenarios.

The first scenario has a doctor giving an overdose of insulin which led to a child being hospitalized.

The other scenario also ended up with a child being hospitalized, but due to a doctor failing to follow up on a lab test.

Only 53% of the pediatricians stated that they would reveal the errors to the parents.

58% stated they would go into detail about the error made.

Only 26% though stated they would apologize to the parents of the child under their care.

The first scenario got the better response, only because it was the more obvious error of the two.


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