September 28, 2018 - HYNES - Physicians Conference


Doctors and Lawyers and Wolves: Working Together to Protect Patients

Mr. George Annas, Boston University School of Public Health (Presenter)

The relationship between physicians and lawyers has historically been characterized as that between prey and preditor--but it need not be this way.  An understanding of the law by physicians (and medicine by lawyers) can go a long way toward developing a constructive relationship that can help physicians better take actions to improve patient safety and to more effectively respond to patient danger or injury by an impaired or dysfunctional colleague. Using case examples, the varying roles of colleagues, ethical norms, the medicine board, and the courts will be summarized and a way forward suggested.


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