Conversations About Ethics

Breaking Barriers - Disclosing Adverse Events in Patient Care

Lee Taft, JD, MDiv

The purpose of the program is to help medical centers (and those who lead them) meet the duty to disclose adverse events to patients and/or their personal representatives as mandated by the Joint Commission and professional ethics. In addition to educating participants about the regulatory, ethical and legal requirement for disclosure, the program will also educate those attending on the interrelationship among disclosure, risk management, patient safety, informed consent, and provider wellness and retention and help participants create robust disclosure programs within their institutions.

Lee Taft will begin the day with a breakfast keynote on patient safety, medical error disclosure and the bottom line. If you'd like to register for the keynote only, click here.

The program is a high-intensity, all-day workshop that is both didactic and experiential, and uses video presentations and actual case discussion to promote interactive dialogue among participants. Through simulated disclosure meetings, participants will enhance empathic communication skills. Simulations focus on meeting the psychological, physical, and financial needs of patients and their families as well as on the psychological and professional needs of providers involved in the adverse event. The simulations are followed by facilitated debriefings.

This workshop is best suited for senior executive leadership; clinical service chiefs; risk managers; general counsel; patient safety managers; physicians; pharmacists; nurse managers; staff nurses; social workers; chaplains; ethics consultants; quality managers; and additional stakeholders identified by leadership.

Keynote: Patient Safety, Medical Error, Disclosure and the Bottom Line
Keynote presentation by Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
9 to 10 a.m.

Workshop: Breaking Barriers: Disclosing Adverse Events in Patient Care
A Workshop with Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Specific learning objectives:

1. To recognize the regulatory, ethical, and legal basis for disclosing adverse events to patients and their families;

2. To develop empathic communication skills and manage the successful disclosure of adverse events to patients and families;

3. To recognize the difference between clinical and institutional disclosure through didactic instruction, dialogue, and simulations; and

4. To assess the psychological and physical impact of adverse patient events on health care providers and to conceptualize and develop processes and procedures to respond to those needs.  

Continuing education:
CME: The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) .  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.
CNE: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This program provides up to 6 contact hours.
This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
CEU: The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW. This workshop is approved for up to 6 ethics continuing education hours.


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Resource List

This resource list brings together websites, videos, audio recordings, books, and articles to supplement the workshop and lecture.

By Our Speaker

Dipping Your Toe (Introductory Information)

Wading Waist High (Intermediate Resources)

Taking a Deep Dive (Advanced Materials)

Access to Materials

Freely available Online
Available through the San Antonio Public Library
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Available through the Briscoe Library at the UTHSCSA Faculty
Faculty, students, and staff may access these materials remotely using their Health Science Center log-in. Non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public may access these materials in-person by visiting the library and registering for guest access. Off-site access is not available for non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public due to licensing restrictions.