Medical Error, Ethics, and Apology
Richard George Boudreau
Ethicists and medical scholars agree that adverse medical events should be disclosed to patients and families. However, defining what constitutes a medical error can be difficult.
Richard George Boudreau, a maxillofacial surgeon, bioethicist, attorney, and forensic expert, examines medical errors and adverse medical events – as well as how apologies and disclosures can actually reduce litigation costs. Get the answers to questions such as:
• Why is litigation the wrong way to deal with medical error?
• What has led to the medical culture of deny and defend?
• How can disputes be resolved without litigation?
• Can communication and resolution programs be more effective?
The book contains a history of medicine, medical errors, and litigation; outlines what philosophers have said about medical error; and contains case studies on what to do and what not to do.