Medicine, Malpractice and Misapprehensions

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Taylor & Francis, 2007 - Law - 224 pages
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Analyzing the level of claims for clinical negligence in the light of the most recent trends and discovering whether there is indeed a litigation crisis in healthcare, this book is a topical and compelling exploration of healthcare and doctor-patient relationships.

The author:

  • identifies and analyzes the growing pressures on doctors in modern society, placing their role in context
  • explores some of the myths surrounding media claims about malpractice
  • considers the practice of 'defensive medicine' and the difference between defensive practices and sensible risk management
  • examines external pressures, such as political interference with clinical practice in the form of target-setting and what might be described as a culture of creeping privatization of healthcare.

Covering the topics of medicine and the media and the causes of occupational stress among doctors, this volume is a must read for all students of medical law and medical ethics.


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Data accuracy compensation and error What should we believe?
Reasons for the increase in claims Who is to blame?
The compensation culture in healthcare Myth or reality?
Perpetuating the myth Should we blame the media?
Doctors Overpaid out of control and underregulated?
Treating the affliction Are there any remedies?

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About the author (2007)

Professor Vivienne Harpwood is Director of the Centre for Medico-Legal Studies, based at Cardiff University Law School, and is also a barrister with experience in practice. Her main research interests are medical law and the law of tort, and she has published extensively in these areas. In 1987 she established the LLM (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) degree course at Cardiff University, which attracts students from all over the world.

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