Why don't we inform patients about the risk of diagnostic errors?

Ömer Kasalak*, Jan P Pennings, Jeroen W Op den Akker, Derya Yakar, Thomas C Kwee

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Abstract

The principles of autonomy and informed consent dictate that patients who undergo a radiological examination should actually be informed about the risk of diagnostic errors. Implementing such a policy could potentially increase the quality of care. However, due to the vast number of radiological examinations that are performed in each hospital each day, financial constraints, and the risk of losing trust, patients, and income if the requirement for informed consent is not imposed by law on a state or national level, it may be challenging to inform patients about the risk of diagnostic errors. Future research is necessary to determine if and how an informed consent procedure for diagnostic errors can be implemented in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110956
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Volume165
Early online date4-Jul-2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2023

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