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More Doctors Willing to Hide Mistakes, Survey Says

December 5, 2016

(WebMD) – Seven percent of doctors say it’s acceptable to hide a clinical mistake that harms a patient, while another 14% leave the door open, saying “it depends,” according to a new survey. True, a clear majority of surveyed doctors — 78% — say it’s never OK to cover up or avoid revealing such an error, according to the 2016 Ethics Report from Medscape, WebMD’s sister site for health care professionals. However, the percentage who answered that way is down from 91% in 2014 and almost 95% in 2010.

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