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Medical error, malpractice and complications: a moral geography

, : Medical error, malpractice and complications: a moral geography. Hec Forum 22(2): 145-157

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.


PMID: 20480208

DOI: 10.1007/s10730-010-9130-9

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