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Lives of Doctor Wives: Making mistakes

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Making mistakes

Of course we all make mistakes in life. But it is magnified with physicians because they literally have lives at stake. I was reading this article in The Reader's Digest about doctors confessing their mistakes and why they don't admit it more often. Um, maybe it is just me, but I think it has far less to do with pride and arrogance and far more to do with the litigious society we are living in and the consequences of law suits.



Blogger BakerGirl said...

The litigious society that we live in is definitely a complicating factor for physicians. For my husband he struggles to find a balance for his practice between working with the attendings who practice CYA (cover your ass) and cost the patient additional money and unnecessary tests and the attendings who work hard not only to work efficiently but also give their patients the care they NEED, not the care to protect themselves from lawsuits.

It's insane that we've become a society that feels a lawsuit is the answer to everything. If people would step back and realize that every human is fallible then maybe the medical systems would do a better job of implementing the medical version of the idea of checks and balances. We all make mistakes and doctors are not excluded from that...

Don't even get me started on the crowded ER's because people don't have primary care or understand urgent care centers... I think mistakes would decrease if only the true emergencies went to the ER...

September 26, 2010 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I totally agree with you. Although there are definitely some doctors out there with pride issues as well. It is not fair to lump them all together because they are all individuals. My husband has no problem at all admitting to his mistakes or telling a patient when he doesn't know the answer. They respect him for that.

October 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

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