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    Practice of Uncertainty Voices of Physicians and Patients in Medical Malpractice Claims

    ISBN-10: 086569284X
    ISBN-13: 9780865692848
    Author(s): Stephen L. Fielding
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 256
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.298
    Language: English

    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.

    Illustrations
    Foreword
    Preface and Acknowledgments
    People Interviewed
    Historical and Social Background
    Setting the Contemporary Stage
    System Accidents
    Uncertainty - Which Diagnosis and Treatment?
    We Were Going to Be Society's Heroes
    Am I the Same?
    Gender and Telling the Story
    The Defense of Wealth
    Implications
    Afterword: The Limitations of Science and Technology
    Appendix: Theory and Method
    Bibliography
    Index

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