Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Access to Physicians Figures Prominently In Complaints

Annals of Family Medicine: Patient Reports of Preventable Problems and Harms in Primary Health Care:

" "Conclusion: The errors reported by interviewed patients suggest that breakdowns in access to and relationships with clinicians may be more prominent medical errors than are technical errors in diagnosis and treatment. Patients were more likely to report being harmed psychologically and emotionally, suggesting that the current preoccupation of the patient safety movement with adverse drug events and surgical mishaps could overlook other patient priorities." "

[Via Science Blog - Science News Stories]

Medical Economics - How I pick the doctors I'll sue

Medical Economics - How I pick the doctors I'll sue:

" "Many complaints filed against physicians are based on their miscommunication with patients, nurses, or other doctors. But even well-intentioned efforts to improve doctors' communication skills run into opposition from the medical profession. For instance, the National Board of Medical Examiners has introduced a one-day exam designed to test doctors' ability to communicate with patients, as well as their clinical skills. Unfortunately, the American Medical Association has opposed the test, and vows to block its implementation." "

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Pennsylvania Medical Society | Medical Society Project Helps Stop Frivolous Lawsuits

Pennsylvania Medical Society | Medical Society Project Helps Stop Frivolous Lawsuits:

""In May of 2004, the first case was settled by the Society’s project against frivolous lawsuits, resulting in an apology from the offending attorney and an agreement to make an undisclosed monetary payment.

The countersuit was brought by Dr. Charles Dunton, a gynecological oncologist from Delaware County against Diane Rice, Esq., of Bucks County. Ms. Rice had filed a medical malpractice action on behalf of her client against Dr. Dunton, in which she accused him of providing inadequate care. That action was eventually resolved in Dr. Dunton’s favor when the Ms. Rice was unable to produce an expert to support her allegations.

In her apology Ms. Rice admitted she did not obtain an opinion from a qualified medical expert prior to filing the suit." "

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Pennsylvania malpractice roundup

Pennsylvania malpractice roundup:

""The IssuesPA/Pew Poll has found that a remarkable 26 percent of Pennsylvanians polled "said rising malpractice insurance costs have forced their family to change doctors in the past year", and that state residents polled also favored a constitutional cap on pain and suffering damages by a margin of 68 percent to 24 percent...""

[Via Overlawyered]

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