Providing more care than necessary may work to lower a doctor’s risk of being accused of malpractice, suggests a new U.S. study. Although the results can’t prove extra expenditures are due to defensive medicine, the researchers found that doctors in Florida who provided the most costly care between 2000 and 2009 were also least likely to be sued between 2001 and 2010. “By no means would I consider it to be conclusive, but it does signal to us that defensive medicine could work in lowering malpractice risk, but more research is needed to know if that’s true or not,” lead author Dr. Anupam Jena, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston told Reuters Health.READ MORE
- How should I communicate with my non-English speaking patients?
Effective communication is communication that is comprehended by both the patient and the physician. If effective communication is absent, the provision of health care proceeds with errors, poor quality, and risks to patient s safety. Both language and cultural differences are potential barriers to effective communication. Suggestions to improve effective communication with these patients include:
- Provide language-appropriate patient forms and educational materials
- Utilize a professional interpreter in person or via webcam
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