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Why Patients Sue Doctors. Lessons learned from medical malpractice cases. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 5204101
  • Book
  • June 2020
  • 150 Pages
  • Elsevier Health Science
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In Why Patients Sue Doctors 2e the authors draw on their wide-ranging, collective experience in over 1000 real-life medicolegal cases to explore why and how doctors make mistakes. By analysing and discussing the situations and behaviours that lead to complaints by patients and their families, this book provides clear and practical direction for practitioners to improve clinical care and avoid litigation. Written in a concise and engaging narrative writing style by editors Duncan Graham, Bernard Kelly and David Richards, readers will obtain a broad understanding of the origins, workings and outcomes of medicolegal cases and will be equipped with practical strategies to improve clinical care and avoid common pitfalls in practice. The text also introduces important legal concepts in an approachable manner appropriate for those working in medicine.

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Introduction
Ethical issues
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Delirium
Family dynamics
Cerebral palsy
Toxoplasmosis
Postnatal depression
Restraint
Syncope
Visual disturbance
Things may not be as they seem
Headache
Mechanism of stroke
A pharmacological nightmare
Steroid toxicity
Sagging lip
Tongue cancer
Childhood cancer
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Unexplained fever
Persistently unwell
Mother knows best
Necrotising fasciitis
Sore wrist
Ingestion of a caustic solution
Haemoptysis
Asthma during pregnancy
Dyspnoea
Palpitations
Ischaemic heart disease
Chest pain
Too many cooks
Breast lumps
A number of health concerns
A sick infant
An avoidable tragedy
Obesity
Abdominal pain
Unexplained weight loss
Rectal bleeding
Missed period
An obstetric abnormality
Placenta percreta
Pelvic organ prolapse
A mesh by another name
Failed hip replacement
Cauda equina syndrome
Bladder cancer
Penile cancer
Leg weakness
Lacerated foot
Types of mistakes
Listening and learning
Thinking and reasoning
Professionalism and insight
Lessons for doctors and others
Further reading
Abbreviations
Index
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Graham, Duncan
Duncan Graham is a barrister with a medical degree. He previously worked as a medical practitioner and solicitor. He now specialises in cases of medical negligence, coronial inquests, professional misconduct, and class actions involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Kelly, Bernard
Bernard Kelly is a general practitioner who works in metropolitan, rural and remote locations. He has extensive experience in teaching and medical regulation. He provides expert witness opinions in medical negligence and professional misconduct cases.
Richards, David A.
David Richards is a physician, with broad experience in clinical and interventional cardiology, education and research. He provides expert witness opinions for plaintiffs, defendants and government agencies.
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