Ebola, Team Communication, and Shame: But Shame on Whom?

Sarah E. Shannon

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Examined as an isolated situation, and through the lens of a rare and feared disease, Mr. Duncan's case seems ripe for second-guessing the physicians and nurses who cared for him. But viewed from the perspective of what we know about errors and team communication, his case is all too common. Nearly 440,000 patient deaths in the U.S. each year may be attributable to medical errors. Breakdowns in communication among health care teams contribute in the majority of these errors. The culture of health care does not seem to foster functional, effective communication between and among professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • education
  • ethics committees
  • health care delivery
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • organizational ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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