World Association for Medical Law

Third International Conference on Incident Disclosure

  • 20 Oct 2016
  • (CEST)
  • 21 Oct 2016
  • (CEST)
  • Amsterdam

The Third International Incident Disclosure Conference: “Towards Operational Strategies”

Physicians / surgeons / nursing professionals / allied health staff / hospital management / health policymakers / insurers / risk managers / complaint officers/ lawyers / academics / patients / consumers

Following the success of the first and second International Incident Disclosure Conference in Sydney in 2012 and in York in 2014 we are delighted to announce the next bi-annual event organized by the VU Amsterdam (Prof. Arno Akkermans), AMC/University of Amsterdam (prof. Johan Legemaate) and NIVEL (prof. Roland Friele), hosted at the AMC in Amsterdam, October 20 and 21st, 2016

“Open disclosure is the open discussion of adverse events that result in harm to a patient while receiving health care with the patient, their family and carers."

This year’s Incident Disclosure Conference will be dedicated to operational strategies in incident disclosure. Incident disclosure is of critical significance to contemporary health care . Research has shown that disclosure may re-establish patients’ and relatives’ trust in the system, support clinical processes being made safer, and prevent organizations and individuals from entering into time-consuming complaints resolution and expensive legal processes.

While incident disclosure after adverse events is widely endorsed, incident disclosure remains limited in practice. The propagation of disclosure as professional norm is a start - but to secure caretakers properly disclosing incidents to patients and their families, disclosure has to be organized. On the 21st and 22nd of October we welcome all stakeholders and interested parties to explore strategies in organizing incident disclosure. National and international speakers will present their research on progress in policy and practice reform. We will approach the central theme “operational strategies in incident disclosure” from three angles:

         Incident disclosure and patient perspectives

         Incident disclosure and the prevention and support of second victims

         Incident disclosure and legal barriers and solutions

We are pleased to announce as a main speaker on the 21st of October prof. Michelle Mello, a leading empirical health law scholar of Stanford Law School.

Costs for participation will be €250,-. For more information, contact or visit Abstracts can be submitted to until September 1st.

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