Legislating Apology for Medical Errors: When Just Saying "Sorry" Isn't Enough

Monday, April 25, 2011, 4 - 5 pm
Location: Room 170

Program Description

Honest communication with patients is a moral imperative: health care providers should disclose medical errors to patients and apologize for them. Typically, though, providers do not share this information because of fears that those conversations could be used by aggrieved plaintiffs in malpractice suits. A majority of states have enacted laws to provide legal protection for these conversations. Professor Mastroianni will describe and critique these recent state initiatives, questioning their potential to enhance transparency in health care communications and suggesting best practices for statutory design.

Location and Time

Monday, April 25, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (reception to follow)
Room 170
Georgia State University College of Law
140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on directions and parking, please visit http://law.gsu.edu/about/directions.html.


Professor Anna Mastroianni, J.D., M.P.H.
Anna Mastroianni, J.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and the University's Institute for Public Health Genetics where her scholarship and teaching focuses on health law and bioethics. Prior to her academic career, she held a number of legal and federal policy positions in Washington, D.C. She lectures and publishes widely and has been nationally recognized for her contributions to health policy, law, and bioethics.


Category : Center for Law, Health & Society

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