Medical Error, Malpractice and Complications: A Moral Geography [Book Review]

HEC Forum 22 (2):145-157 (2010)
Abstract
This essay reviews and defines avoidable medical error, malpractice and complication. The relevant ethical principles pertaining to unanticipated medical outcomes are identified. In light of these principles I critically review the moral culpability of the agents in each circumstance and the resulting obligations to patients, their families, and the health care system in general. While I touch on some legal implications, a full discussion of legal obligations and liability issues is beyond the scope of this paper
Keywords Medical error  Malpractice  Preventable error  Adverse event
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    Michael A. DeVita (2001). Honestly, Do We Need a Policy on Truth? Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (2):157-164.
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