When it comes to medical errors, could the age-old practice of 'defend and deny' be over? Perhaps.
This idea isn't new. In fact, I wrote about it for The Wall Street Journal back in 2004, in a front page story, Doctors' New Tool Against Lawsuits: Saying 'I'm Sorry.'
But actually getting doctors to admit mistakes remains painful and fraught. Here's a first person account by a resident who nearly killed a patient, published in HealthAffairs, that shows how agonizing this process can be.
This program aired on August 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.