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Open disclosure (OD)



7 May 2013

Doctors have been slow to embrace the practice of Open Disclosure (OD) after adverse health care events, despite its implementation in state health policy documents and inclusion in the Medical Board of Australia's code of conduct for doctors, writes Professor Cameron Stewart.

In an co-authored article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) Professor Stewart writes that three basic reforms should be adopted for OD to be successful:

  • uniform laws that provide a blanket exclusion of apologies from being used in evidence;
  • insurers must be prevented from voiding indemnity contracts when apologies are made in compliance with the national Open disclosure standard; and
  • establishment of national provider responsibilities to implement OD.
View the article - Open disclosure: ethical, professional and legal obligations, and the way forward for regulation - Medical Journal of Australia

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