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Author Choctaw, William T.

Title Avoiding medical malpractice : a physician's guide to the law / William T. Choctaw
Published New York : Springer, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 106 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Basic Law 101: The Journey Begins -- Shades of Gray -- The Triangle: Law-Medicine-Politics. The Malpractice Myth ; The Science of Litigation -- Definition of Malpractice: Negligence. Documentation: The Doctor's Sword and Shield ; Informed Consent: A Process Not a Form ; The Arbitration Agreement: A Preemptive Strike? ; Diversity: A New Exposure -- Eliminating Disruptive Physician Behavior. The Definition ; The Physician Whistle-Blower ; The Process ; The Cost to the Physician ; The Joint Commission 2007 Medical Staff Guidelines -- Pain Management: The New Legal Trojan Horse -- Medical Informatics. Cybermedicine Legal Issues ; 21st Century Communication Requires Caution -- How to Say "I'm Sorry" Without Admitting Guilt. Full Disclosure Programs: Proceed with Caution ; What Physicians Can Say -- You Have Been Served -- Now What? A Few Terms You Should Know ; What Your Medical Malpractice Insurance Does Not Cover -- Basic Steps in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit. Your Attorney And You ; The Role of Medical Experts -- The Pocket Guide. Things to Remember About Malpractice Lawsuits ; Things to Remember About Emotional Reactions ; Things to Remember About Depositions ; Things to Remember About Your Goals at Deposition ; Things to Remember About Listening ; Things to Remember About Answering Questions ; Things to Remember About Going to Trial -- The Litigation Stress Syndrome -- Perspective: When the Physician Becomes a Patient. The Plan ; Who to Tell and When ; Surgery Day -- Summary
Summary "Medical Malpractice" is written from the unique perspective of an MD/JD and covers all the right topics from an insider's point-of-view. Readers will learn: basic law and the various ways laws are interpreted; how to be an effective witness in your own defense; how to manage malpractice risk; how juries make decisions; how plaintiff and defense lawyers litigate in malpractice cases; and the importance of good communication and documentation in daily practice. In addition, the book focuses on the law-medicine-politics triangle and its effect on physicians, the impact of - and issues related to - diversity in medical malpractice, and other essential topics. Physicians who better understand malpractice laws are better clinical decision makers who feel more confident in their ability to provide the best care possible. "Medical Malpractice" is a much-needed resource to help physicians navigate legal issues and be the best doctors they can be
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-99) and index
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Subject Defensive medicine -- United States.
Physicians -- Malpractice -- United States.
Clinical Competence -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Malpractice -- legislation & jurisprudence.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008922188
ISBN 038773063X
6611242856 (electronic bk.)
9786611242855 (electronic bk.)