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Table 4 Attitudes of respondents regarding malpractice

From: Malpractice awareness among surgeons at a teaching hospital in Pakistan

  Yes No
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if you get to know that your patient has been a target of malpractice? 216(67.7%) 103(32.3%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if the error is trivial? 151(47.3%) 168(52.7%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if you feel that he won’t be able to understand what you are saying? 143(44.8%) 176(55.2%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if there is a threat of assault? 29(9.1%) 290(90.9%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if the patient is not interested in knowing about it? 91(28.5%) 228(71.5%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if you find that doing so would place your reputation at stake? 73(22.9%) 246(77.1%)
Will you disclose near misses? 97(30.4%) 222(69.6%)
Will you disclose your error to the patient, if you don’t know him very well? 211(66.1%) 108(33.9%)
Will you offer to correct your error, free of charge? 280(87.8%) 39(12.2%)
Will you offer monetary remuneration, if the error is not corrigible? 118(37.0%) 201(63.0%)
Will you continue to practice if you find that your senses are weakening, with the resulting negative impact on your career? 16(5.0%) 303(95.0%)
Are you willing to apologize for your mistake, if need be? 314(98.4%) 5(1.6%)
Do you think malpractice laws need reformation in Pakistan? 62(19.4%) 257(80.6%)