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Improving compliance with the duty of candour: 5-year experience within an endoscopy department.

Authors
  • Berry, Philip1
  • Kotha, Sreelakshmi1
  • Demartino, Sabina1
  • Tritto, Giovanni1
  • 1 Department of Gastroenterology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Postgraduate Medical Journal
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Jul 21, 2023
Volume
99
Issue
1174
Pages
928–933
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/pmj-2022-141930
PMID: 37141622
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Duty of candour (DoC) is the requirement for timely and transparent disclosure after significant healthcare-related harm. We describe the experience of DoC following patient safety incidents (PSI) related to endoscopy, and offer reflections on improving compliance across other areas of clinical medicine. PSI notified on an electronic reporting system (DATIX) from January 2015 to June 2021 were identified. Details of the procedure, level of harm and evidence of both verbal and written DoC were collected and analysed. 33 PSI were notified on DATIX. A verbal apology was documented in 23 cases (70%) and a written notification was offered or sent to in 20 (61%). Verbal apologies were timely, while written DoC was delayed. PSI reporting and verbal DoC increased over this period. Patients or families were invited to present questions for investigation in all 20 with written DoC. There were two claims for compensation during this period. DoC remains challenging for clinicians and patient safety teams 8 years after its inception. Improved compliance requires promotion by clinical leaders and high levels of awareness among clinical and nursing staff, a culture of openness and importantly, sustained administrative support to ensure that downstream actions are not overlooked. © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Postgraduate Medical Journal. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: [email protected].

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