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Doctors fail to report errors, study finds

Des Moines Register, January 15, 2008
Most doctors agree that medical errors should be reported to their hospitals, but a significant number admit they don't always report their own, according to a study by researchers frm the University of Iowa. Seventeen percent of doctors surveyed admitted hat they had failed to report minor errors, defined as mistakes that "prolonged treatment or caused discomfort." Four percent admitted they had failed to report mistakes that "caused disability or death," the survey found.