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Why Doctors Lie About Medical Errors

By Debra Shute  
   October 06, 2016

A shift away from the "cowboy culture" of medicine is underway, but there's still work to do in preparing clinicians to behave appropriately when things go wrong.

A retired surgeon recently confessed in a newspaper column that he perjured himself to protect a colleague during a medical malpractice trial nearly two decades ago. Lars Aanning, MD, published his column last month and then provided an interview to ProPublica.

Doctor Confesses: I Lied to Protect Colleague in Malpractice Suit

Maybe the most shocking part of his "I lied" bombshell is that it's not so hard to believe.

Doug Wojcieszak, who endured the death of a family member due to medical errors, is well-versed in how ill-prepared physicians have traditionally been when handling medical mistakes.

Debra Shute is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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