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West J Med. 2000 Oct;173(4):244-50.

Medical malpractice: the effect of doctor-patient relations on medical patient perceptions and malpractice intentions.

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  • 1Department of Psychology George Washington University School of Medicine 2125 G St NW Washington, DC 20052, USA. pjmoore@gwu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the causal effects of doctor-patient relations and the severity of a medical outcome on medical patient perceptions and malpractice intentions in the event of an adverse medical outcome.

DESIGN:

Randomized between-subjects experimental design. Patients were given scenarios depicting interactions between an obstetric patient and her physician throughout the patient's pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred twenty-eight postpartum obstetric patients were approached for participation, of whom 104 completed the study. Main outcome measures Patients' perceptions of physician competence and intentions to file a malpractice claim.

RESULTS:

Positive physician communication behaviors increased patients' perceptions of physician competence and decreased malpractice claim intentions toward both the physician and the hospital. A more severe outcome increased only patients' intentions to sue the hospital.

CONCLUSION:

These results provide empiric evidence for a direct, causal effect of the doctor-patient relationship on medical patients' treatment perceptions and malpractice claim intentions in the event of an adverse medical outcome.

PMID:
11017984
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PMCID:
PMC1071103
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