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General Principles

  • I. W. FongEmail author
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Part of the Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century book series (EIDC)

Abstract

To err is human and we all make mistakes, but this simple truth is not a satisfactory excuse for many of our affected patients, especially in developed countries. Despite the fact that many physicians will at sometime in their career encounter medical-malpractice litigation, we are ill prepared. It is, in fact, surprising that such an important topic is not included in the curriculum of all medical schools, and it is ignored to a large degree in post-doctoral training of residents and fellows. Physicians consider malpractice claims not only as a nuisance in their busy practice, but as unwanted events that result in anxiety, emotional pain, and possible loss of income and unnecessary expense.

Keywords

Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance Malpractice Claim National Quality Forum Abnormal Test Result 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Michael’s HospitalUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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