Should You Warn Patients About Substandard Colleagues?

Dr. Marty Makary tweeted this survey reported by Medscape Today:

Have you ever been caught between loyalty to another physician whose skills you don’t respect, and wanting to warn a patient if you knew they were scheduled to have a procedure performed by that physician?

More than 24,000 physicians answered this question in Medscape’s 2012 Top Ethical Dilemmas Survey Report.

Dr. Makary is the author of  Unaccountable/ What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.

See this earlier post How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us for more.

Roughly a quarter of all hospitalized patients will be harmed by a medical error of some kind. If medical errors were a disease, they would be the sixth leading cause of death in America—just behind accidents and ahead of Alzheimer’s.