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

ISBN-10: 086569284X
ISBN-13: 9780865692848
Edition: 1999
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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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Book details

List price: $84.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 4/30/1999
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.

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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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