Quote from the following online information on patient harmed by health professionals:
"Why It Matters. Patients and families can suffer for months or sometimes years after being harmed by a medical error."
For example, Bell describes a study published by Southwick and colleagues in BMJ Quality & Safetyin which they analyzed patient reports following medical harm. Many patients described a physical injury that was compounded by lack of communication and transparency. Bell asserts that lack of full disclosure is disrespectful to patients and family members. “Some try for years to make sense of what happened, battling uncertainty and grief,” she says. “They also worry that nothing was learned by the organization and, therefore, the error and their loss occurred in vain.”