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Difficult doctors; sick doctors: behavioural forensics in clinician misconduct and malpractice

Your Expert Witness rupert whitakerby Dr Rupert Whitaker

The public has probably complained about clinicians’ behaviour since the beginning of medicine, but malpractice litigation is an extreme and ineffective form of feedback as even successful suits do not require any change in the defendants’ behaviour.
Furthermore, the culture of clinical practice is defensive of the practitioner rather than the patient due to an outdated sense of privilege, particularly among physicians, which results in a form of professional narcissism and closing of ranks that can make things even more difficult for the plaintiff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:41

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