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Practice tip of the week: Ways to avoid a malpractice suit

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Your weekly dose of wisdom from the Physicians Practice experts.

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With this in mind, the tip of the week is a chance to reflect on some of the wisdom found all across the site. In the April 2021 slideshow on ways to avoid a malpractice suit, Jeffrey D. Brunken writes the following:

Even the best physicians face the possibility of a lawsuit on an almost daily basis. However, research shows that many lawsuits today are not about medical errors, but about poor communication and misunderstanding.Below is a practical guide, based on 28 years of experience working with physicians, to minimize liability claims stemming from communication oversights and misunderstandings.

1). Be courteous – they will be asked clinical data and it should be at their fingertips

2). Do your homework - Physicians are pressed for time, but it’s vitally important to take time to review charts prior - not during - the appointment. Know about the patient’s previous visits and the reason for the current one.

3). Avoid the EHR trap - While electronic health records (EHRs) are an important advancement, it is critical to remember these are just tools. Remember that EHRs generally contain a time stamp showing when you reviewed it, and for how long.

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