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1 . 2024

Informing the patient about an occurred complication or medical error: literature review


Honesty is an ethical ideal for a healthcare professional. Honesty to yourself, your colleagues and patients. This implies, among other things, honesty in the provision of information, even if it can negatively affect the professional image of a specialist. However, in modern realities, ethical ideals often come into conflict with possible legal consequences for a medical worker. This is a significant barrier to building a trusting relationship between doctor and patient.

Keywords:medical error; informing the patient; complications

Funding. The study had no sponsor support.

Conflict of interest. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Contribution. Concept and design of the study – Shnyakin P.G., Korchagin E.E.; writing the article, approval of the final version – Shnyakin P.G.; editing of the article – Loseva A.S.

For citation: Shnyakin P.G., Korchagin E.E., Loseva A.S. Informing the patient about an occurred complication or medical error: literature review. ORGZDRAV: novosti, mneniya, obuchenie. Vestnik VSHOUZ [HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT: News, Views, Education. Bulletin of VSHOUZ]. 2024; 10 (1): 84–91. DOI: (in Russian)


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Guzel E. Ulumbekova
MD, MBA from Harvard University (Boston, USA), Head of the Graduate School of Healthcare Organization and Management (VSHOUZ)

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