Malpractice Allegations and Apology Laws

Benefits and Risks for Radiologists

Stephen Baker, Christine Lauro, Akosua Sintim-Damoa

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Increasing scrutiny has been addressed recently to concerns about medical errors and tort reform. Both have stimulated initiatives to encourage disclosure to patients of adverse events caused by medical practice. These have occurred despite the ambiguous and even conflicting public perception of a doctor's responsibilities and accountability in response to errors. An additional component of a physician's response to adverse events is the issuance of an apology, which is now protected in some fashion by statutes recently enacted in 29 states. These laws raise opportunities and new challenges for all physicians. For radiologists particularly, they also engender risks related to our increasing physical separation from patients and referring physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1186-1190
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Volume5
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Malpractice
Physicians
Medical Errors
Legal Liability
Social Responsibility
Disclosure
Radiologists

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

Cite this

Malpractice Allegations and Apology Laws : Benefits and Risks for Radiologists. / Baker, Stephen; Lauro, Christine; Sintim-Damoa, Akosua.

In: Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol. 5, No. 12, 01.01.2008, p. 1186-1190.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

@article{e24f6e1e853946d3b706a102f2407f26,
title = "Malpractice Allegations and Apology Laws: Benefits and Risks for Radiologists",
abstract = "Increasing scrutiny has been addressed recently to concerns about medical errors and tort reform. Both have stimulated initiatives to encourage disclosure to patients of adverse events caused by medical practice. These have occurred despite the ambiguous and even conflicting public perception of a doctor's responsibilities and accountability in response to errors. An additional component of a physician's response to adverse events is the issuance of an apology, which is now protected in some fashion by statutes recently enacted in 29 states. These laws raise opportunities and new challenges for all physicians. For radiologists particularly, they also engender risks related to our increasing physical separation from patients and referring physicians.",
author = "Stephen Baker and Christine Lauro and Akosua Sintim-Damoa",
year = "2008",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.jacr.2008.08.003",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "5",
pages = "1186--1190",
journal = "Journal of the American College of Radiology",
issn = "1558-349X",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",
number = "12",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Malpractice Allegations and Apology Laws

T2 - Benefits and Risks for Radiologists

AU - Baker, Stephen

AU - Lauro, Christine

AU - Sintim-Damoa, Akosua

PY - 2008/1/1

Y1 - 2008/1/1

N2 - Increasing scrutiny has been addressed recently to concerns about medical errors and tort reform. Both have stimulated initiatives to encourage disclosure to patients of adverse events caused by medical practice. These have occurred despite the ambiguous and even conflicting public perception of a doctor's responsibilities and accountability in response to errors. An additional component of a physician's response to adverse events is the issuance of an apology, which is now protected in some fashion by statutes recently enacted in 29 states. These laws raise opportunities and new challenges for all physicians. For radiologists particularly, they also engender risks related to our increasing physical separation from patients and referring physicians.

AB - Increasing scrutiny has been addressed recently to concerns about medical errors and tort reform. Both have stimulated initiatives to encourage disclosure to patients of adverse events caused by medical practice. These have occurred despite the ambiguous and even conflicting public perception of a doctor's responsibilities and accountability in response to errors. An additional component of a physician's response to adverse events is the issuance of an apology, which is now protected in some fashion by statutes recently enacted in 29 states. These laws raise opportunities and new challenges for all physicians. For radiologists particularly, they also engender risks related to our increasing physical separation from patients and referring physicians.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=56249142318&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=56249142318&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jacr.2008.08.003

DO - 10.1016/j.jacr.2008.08.003

M3 - Review article

VL - 5

SP - 1186

EP - 1190

JO - Journal of the American College of Radiology

JF - Journal of the American College of Radiology

SN - 1558-349X

IS - 12

ER -