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Inadequate Screening of Clinicians and Staff: Case Study Review

August 26, 2019

Like other people, physicians and clinical staff members may commit crimes and engage in other noncriminal activity that can expose their healthcare employers to liability and regulatory violation risk.1 Therefore, it is important to have processes in place to conduct background investigations on any staff member involved in patient care and practice operations, even those with personal references from current clinicians or staff.

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Filed under: Case Study, Practice Manager, Business of Medicine

Shared Decision Making During the Informed Consent Process

November 13, 2018

The informed consent process is an excellent time to engage patients. Ideally, an informed consent to treatment is the end result of a shared decision making process between a clinician and patient. This process, when executed appropriately, can have many benefits. It can decrease liability exposure, increase patient adherence, protect the patient’s right to self-determination and increase patient satisfaction.1

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Patient Communication, Case Study, Physician

Poor Patient Activation Leads to Claim of Inadequate Discharge Instructions

November 13, 2018

The ability of patients to comply with discharge instructions is related to their activation level. Research indicates that identifying and intervening on behalf of patients with low activation levels could reduce their risk of an unplanned rehospitalization.1

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Patient Communication, Case Study, Physician

Poor Patient Activation Leads to Claim of Negligent Disease Management

November 13, 2018

Patient activation has a significant effect on a patient’s management of chronic disease.1 Various studies indicate that promoting discussion and problem solving to help chronic disease patients make informed self-management choices on an ongoing basis increases activation and improves outcomes.2

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Patient Communication, Case Study, Physician

Case Studies: Physician Empathy Can Decrease Liability Risk

October 2, 2018

Although physician empathy may seem to be a low priority in comparison to clinical skill, research indicates that physician empathy has wide-ranging effects for both physicians and patients, including better patient outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, less stress and burnout, and — as the following case studies show — it can affect whether a patient files a medical liability lawsuit.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Patient Communication, Case Study, Physician, Patient Care

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