HEC Forum 22 (2):145-157 (2010)

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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DOI 10.1007/s10730-010-9130-9
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