Andrew Meyer on Role of Apologies in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Medical Apologies Is Topic of WBUR’s Radio Boston
February 1, 2008

BOSTON—Noted medical malpractice attorney, Andrew C. Meyer Jr., was a featured guest on WBUR’s Radio Boston on February 1, 2008 when the topic was medical errors and doctor apologies. Host David Boeri led the discussion about the role that a doctor’s apology plays in a patient’s desire to pursue a medical lawsuit as well as the ability to heal from medical mistakes. Radio Boston is a weekly one hour program devoted to exploring a single topic in-depth.

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According to the show’s web page, "Some patients who have been harmed during medical procedures are opting not to sue, but to talk with the medical team responsible for the harm. Health care professionals are being trained to apologize when things go wrong. Who benefits from a doctor’s mea culpa?"

Other guests on the show included: Dr. Lucian Leape One of the leading experts on medical error, and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health; Linda Kenney, President of Medically Induced Trauma Support Services; and Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and author of the blog, Running a Hospital.

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