Risk Management and Medical Malpractice

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Medical malpractice claims are common and may be emotionally difficult for physicians. Most malpractice suits claim negligence. The most frequent types of claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, negligent treatment with drugs, failure to obtain consultation, failure to obtain informed consent, and negligent management of procedures. The most important risk-management strategy is the provision of good medical care. If a claim is filed, physicians should cooperate fully with the malpractice insurance carrier and refrain from discussing the case with colleagues.

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