Exclusive Ethics Survey Results: Doctors Struggle With Tougher-Than-Ever Dilemmas

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November 11, 2010

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Liability and Medical Error Issues

4. Is it acceptable to perform a procedure that isn't medically warranted, for reasons of defensive medicine?

  • Yes, 16.1%

  • No, 61.3%

  • It depends, 22.7%

5. Are there times when it's acceptable to cover up or avoid revealing a mistake if that mistake would not cause harm to the patient?

  • Yes, 19.0%

  • No, 60.1%

  • It depends, 20.9%

6. Are there times when it's acceptable to cover up or avoid revealing a mistake if that mistake would potentially or likely harm the patient?

  • Yes, 1.6%

  • No, 94.9%

  • It depends, 3.5%

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