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The Practice of Uncertainty: Voices of Physicians and Patients in Medical Malpractice Claims (Hardback)
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The Practice of Uncertainty: Voices of Physicians and Patients in Medical Malpractice Claims (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/04/1999
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Incorporating in-depth interviews, statistical data, and prior studies, Fielding illustrates how modern medicine is a victim of its own success. The historical record since the early 19th century shows that the rate of malpractice claims has increased as medicine developed new and more complex procedures. Fielding integrates macro- and micro-levels of analysis to explain how scientific medicine is inherently prone to adverse outcomes no matter how competent medical provides are and how patients often feel their personal experiences and views are marginalized during the course of their medical care. This combination makes it more likely that patients will sue when something goes wrong. The so-called medical practice crisis is mostly the result of a system of health care that has promoted professional dominance and high-tech care. This system both shapes and is shaped by the daily clinical context in which patients, physicians, and other providers interact. The key policy implication would be to place greater emphasis on primary care and prevention rather than curative or high-tech interventions. For example, aggressive programs to ensure primary care for all, public health, occupational health, and accident reduction would go a long way to improve both the health of the population and reduce the rate of medical malpractice claims.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780865692848
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 537 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The strength of this book is its systematic and sympathetic treatment of the physical and psychological impact of medical injury and malpractice litigation on patients and physicians and the extent to which physicians' behavior can precipitate or defuse a potential claim. The book also provides an accessible overview of the evolution of the U.S. medical and malpractice systems."-Health Affairs
"[P]rovides a thoughtful, unique analysis of the changing face of the American medical malpractice crisis.... Most importantly, as Fielding's unique work reminds us, physicians must rediscover the nurturing aspects of the physician-patient relationship through relationship-centered care, reclaiming their noble role as humanity's healers."-Journal of Legal Medicine
"�P�rovides a thoughtful, unique analysis of the changing face of the American medical malpractice crisis.... Most importantly, as Fielding's unique work reminds us, physicians must rediscover the nurturing aspects of the physician-patient relationship through relationship-centered care, reclaiming their noble role as humanity's healers."-Journal of Legal Medicine
?[P]rovides a thoughtful, unique analysis of the changing face of the American medical malpractice crisis.... Most importantly, as Fielding's unique work reminds us, physicians must rediscover the nurturing aspects of the physician-patient relationship through relationship-centered care, reclaiming their noble role as humanity's healers.?-Journal of Legal Medicine
?The strength of this book is its systematic and sympathetic treatment of the physical and psychological impact of medical injury and malpractice litigation on patients and physicians and the extent to which physicians' behavior can precipitate or defuse a potential claim. The book also provides an accessible overview of the evolution of the U.S. medical and malpractice systems.?-Health Affairs

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