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The Emotional Resistance To Admitting Error Cannot Be Legislated Away

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 6:20am
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

It’s been more than a decade since the seminal report “To Err is Human” by the Institute of Medicine.  The report made waves when it estimated that 1.5 million people are affected by medical errors and that nearly 100,000 die annually as a result of medical errors. Some of those numbers have been debated, but there is no doubt that medical error is a significant issue in medicine that needs to be addressed.

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