After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

Johns Hopkins University Press (2005)
Abstract
Medical error is a leading problem of health care in the United States. Each year, more patients die as a result of medical mistakes than are killed by motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. While most government and regulatory efforts are directed toward reducing and preventing errors, the actions that should follow the injury or death of a patient are still hotly debated. According to Nancy Berlinger, conversations on patient safety are missing several important components: religious voices, traditions, and models. In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just compensation. After Harm adds important human dimensions to an issue that has profound consequences for patients and health care providers.
Keywords Medical errors Moral and ethical aspects  Medical errors Psychological aspects  Medical errors Religious aspects  Physicians Professional ethics  Physician and patient  Medical ethics  Forgiveness  Medical Errors psychology  Ethics  Physician-Patient Relations  Religion and Medicine
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Call number R729.8.B47 2005
ISBN(s) 0801887690   9780801881671   0801881676
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