Disclosure of Harm – General Consultation (CLOSED)
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The deadline to provide feedback is August 2, 2019
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The College’s Disclosure of Harm policy is currently being reviewed. The draft policy updates the expectations of physicians where a patient has experienced harm or potential harm in the course of medical treatment.
A draft Advice to the Profession: Disclosure of Harm document has also been developed to support the draft policy. The Advice document provides general guidance and contextual information to help physicians interpret and apply the College’s expectations as set out in the draft policy.
View the draft policy and advice to the profession document.
View the feedback received through our online survey.
View the feedback received through our consultation discussion page.
Key Features of the Draft Policy
The draft policy has been re-organized, with a new definitions section, and new headings have been added to make it clearer and easier for physicians to find specific expectations for each issue. The expectations set out in the current policy are generally maintained, although some updates have been made to reflect current terminology in the area of patient safety and disclosure – specifically, terminology of the World Health Organization and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. The draft policy also updates expectations about what to disclose, to whom to disclose, and who must disclose, and clarifies the disclosure responsibilities of postgraduate learners and subsequent physicians.
Have your say
We want to hear your thoughts on the draft policy. For example, we are interested to know:
- How can the draft policy and/or advice document be improved?
- Are there issues not addressed in the draft policy and/or advice document that should be?
- Is there any content in the draft policy and/or advice document that is unnecessary?
Please submit your comments by August 2, 2019.
Comments received during the consultation will be carefully reviewed and used to evaluate the draft policy and advice to the profession document. Final decisions regarding policy revisions are made by College Council. A copy of the final policy and advice document will be posted on this page as well as the College’s website.
We value your feedback and thank you for participating in this policy review.
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