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Practicing Medicine in Difficult Times: Protecting Physicians from Malpractice Litigation

Author(s): Marjorie O. Thomas, MPA, ARM, RPLU, FASHRM, Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Underwriting, AFP
Christine J. Quinn, RN, BSN, MPA, ARM, FASHRM, RPLU, Vice President of Risk Management Services, AFP
Geraldine M. Donohue, MSN, RN, ARM, Associate Director, Risk Management Education, AFP
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763748562
  • ISBN-10:0763748560
  • Hardcover    280 pages      © 2009
Price: $127.95 US List
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There are multiple approaches within the reach of the physician which will increase the satisfaction of both the physician and the patient, and will also prevent lawsuits. Practicing Medicine in Difficult Times: Protecting Physicians from Malpractice Litigation focuses on protecting physicians from medical malpractice litigation. This essential resource includes multiple strategies physicians can employ to protect themselves from lawsuits which will positively impact the physician/patient relationship by enriching it and ultimately keeping patients safer. Each chapter includes case studies and real-life examples from risk management experts, experienced physicians and attorneys who defend physicians involved in medical malpractice cases. This is a valuable reference for physicians of all levels and specialties.

Features and Benefits:

  • Easy-to-read conversational style 
  • Summaries and analyses of medical malpractice cases in a variety of specialties 
  • Links patient safety with professionalism 
  • Discusses narrative medicine as a patient safety tool 
  • Offers suggestions to help physicians build more effective physician-patient relationships 
  • Practical applications of risk management and patient safety principles 
  • Offers perspectives from a variety of medical specialties 
  • Offers practical applications and coping strategies for physicians facing malpractice concerns 
  • Includes perspectives elicited from actual physician and patient interviews 

Chapter 1: The Power of Prevention

Chapter 2: It’s Not Just About Avoiding the Lawsuit

Chapter 3: Professional Responsibility

Chapter 4: Communication is Crucial

Chapter 5: The Difficult Physician-Patient Relationship

Chapter 6: Hallmarks of a Successful Practice

Chapter 7: Things You Didn’t Learn in Medical School

Chapter 8: The Challenge of the Patient in Transition

Chapter 9: Don’t Put Your Head in the Sand

Chapter 10: Disclosure

Chapter 11: Apology and Forgiveness

Chapter 12: Lessons Learned – A Physician’s Perspective

Chapter 13: Lessons Learned Defending Physicians: The Attorney’s Perspective

Chapter 14: The Emotional Impact of a Medical Error

Chapter 15: Narrative Medicine: Healing the Divides


Marjorie O. Thomas, MPA, ARM, RPLU, FASHRM-Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Underwriting, AFP

Marjorie O. (West) Thomas is Senior Vice President for Risk Management and Underwriting for Administrators for the Professions, Inc. (AFP). Since joining AFP in 1985, Marjorie has translated her passion for developing methods for improved patient safety into innovative programming that has energized the field of health care risk management, with an emphasis on the ambulatory care practice. Prior to AFP, Marjorie spent several years in hospital administration and establishing the risk management department at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.

Marjorie holds a BS degree and a Masters degree in Public Administration (Health Care); she has also earned the ARM and RPLU designations. Marjorie’s work in this field has also earned her the designation of fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. After receiving training in their program to prepare facilitators in communication skills, Marjorie is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Communication. 

 

Christine J. Quinn, RN, BSN, MPA, ARM, FASHRM, RPLU-Vice President of Risk Management Services, AFP

Christine J. Quinn is Vice President of Risk Management Services for Administrators for the Professions, Inc. (AFP). Christine began her career as a critical care nurse at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and joined AFP in 1987.  At AFP, she is one of the leaders of the team that has pioneered the development of a successful, multi-faceted risk management program for physicians. Drawing on her strong clinical background, Christine has a particular desire to help physicians better understand how the application of risk management principles in their practice of medicine can lead to better care. She has lectured extensively on risk management in health care.

Christine is a Registered Nurse with a BSN degree and has earned a Masters degree in Public Administration.  She has also earned the ARM and RPLU insurance designations and is a fellow in the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.  Christine is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Communication. 

 

Geraldine M. Donohue, MSN, RN, ARM-Associate Director, Risk Management Education, AFP

Geraldine M. Donohue is Associate Director of Risk Management Education for Administrators for the Profession, Inc. (AFP). Gerri joined AFP in 1995, after a long career in behavioral health. Within a multi-disciplinary team, she develops education programs and provides guidance to thousands of physicians in both large and small group settings to help physicians avoid malpractice litigation. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, with a Master of Science degree in Nursing, Gerri maintained a private psychotherapy practice, treating individuals and families, for eighteen years.  Prior to coming to AFP, she held a joint appointment with New York Hospital’s Payne Whitney Clinic and The Westchester Psychiatric Division as their Education Coordinator.

She has earned the A.R.M. designation and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication.  One of her greatest passions has been facilitating over 150 small group communication workshops for physicians on strengthening the physician/patient relationship.

 

  • "The authors of this thoughtful and eloquent work have achieved a remarkable balance, integrating practical suggestions for avoiding malpractice lawsuits with engaging prose and stories that will renew physicians' enthusiasm for the practice of medicine.  Physicians at any stage of their careers will enjoy and benefit from this excellent book."
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                  
     ~ Thomas H. Gallagher, MD
                                                                                       
                   Associate Professor
                                                                                                      University of Washington

    "A very much needed addition to the literature. This book addresses critical issues for practicing physicians overlooked by traditional textbooks. It will help those who read it not only take better care of their patients, but also themselves."

                                                                                                     
    ~ Martin November, MD
                                                                                                          Chief Medical Officer
                                                                                                          Advanced Practice Strategies, Inc.
     

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