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Talking to Patients After a Medical Mistake
New York Times

Families of patients who fall victim to medical errors often feel abandoned by the doctors who have been treating their loved one for weeks. Fears of litigation prompt hospitals to clamp down on all communication, and longtime doctor-patient relationships disappear overnight.

But does it have to be that way? In this week’s Doctor and Patient column, Dr. Pauline Chen writes about new efforts to restore communication with patients and their families after a medical error. She writes: