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  • Canadian Disclosure Guidelines

Canadian Disclosure Guidelines: Being open with patients and families 

The Canadian Disclosure Guidelines supports healthcare providers, teams, organizations and regulators improve practices, procedures and policies related to incident management. 

The guidelines promote a clear and consistent approach to disclosure, emphasize the importance of interprofessional teamwork and support learning from patient safety incidents. 

Disclosure is a formal process involving open discussion between a patient/family and members of a healthcare organization about a patient safety incident (including near misses). It provides the means for dialogue throughout the incident management process, supports patient safety improvement and promotes healing for the patients/families and providers involved.  

Meeting the needs of patients and families is necessary during the disclosure process. Patients for Patient Safety Canada has developed a set of disclosure principles derived directly from their experiences.