After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

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JHU Press, Nov 17, 2009 - Medical - 176 pages
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Medical error is a leading problem of health care in the United States. Each year, more patients die as a result of medical mistakes than are killed by motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

While most government and regulatory efforts are directed toward reducing and preventing errors, the actions that should follow the injury or death of a patient are still hotly debated. According to Nancy Berlinger, conversations on patient safety are missing several important components: religious voices, traditions, and models.

In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just compensation. After Harm adds important human dimensions to an issue that has profound consequences for patients and health care providers.

-- Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
 

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An academic treatise on medical errors and their impact on patients, survivors and doctors. Heavy at times, it is still very well written and researched. An interesting look at what happens in the event of medical misadventure. Read full review

Contents

Preface
Physicians Narratives
Patients and Families Narratives
Apology
Forgiveness
Appendix
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Nancy Berlinger is the deputy director and associate for religious studies at the Hastings Center.

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