WMU News

Admitting mistakes in health care setting

Nov. 25, 1997

KALAMAZOO--The question of "Should Health Care Professionals Admit Mistakes?" will be addressed in a lecture Friday, Dec. 5, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Shirley Bach, professor of philosophy and associate director of WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center. The presentation is free and is sponsored by the ethics center.

She is expected to discuss the ethical obligations of the health care professional to disclose mistakes, apologize for them, offer restitution to those who are harmed and examine the system in which the mistakes occurred.

Bach serves on the hospital ethics committees of Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital and on the research ethics committees at Borgess and at the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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