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Clinical guidelines and professional liability: a short comment from the legal side.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20714197     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The paper explores the relationship between clinical guidelines and medical liability. In order to ascertain the standard of care required for example in ear surgery, courts rely on expert opinions and on existing clinical guidelines from medical societies. They assume that clinical guidelines express the reasonable standard of care that, when followed, insulates surgeons from liability. But judges keep the right to find that a set of clinical guidelines does not sufficiently protect the patient's health interests. If in contrast clinical guidelines are overly cautious (e.g. by requiring a scientifically questionable examination), there is no incentive stemming from the legal rules on medical liability to deter surgeons from following the guidelines. However, a growing concern about health costs may in the future influence professional behaviour as much as fear of a malpractice suit today.
Olivier Guillod
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  ORL; journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties     Volume:  72     ISSN:  1423-0275     ISO Abbreviation:  ORL J. Otorhinolaryngol. Relat. Spec.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-17     Completed Date:  2010-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0334721     Medline TA:  ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-6; discussion 136-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Institute of Health Law, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Ear Diseases / surgery*
Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Liability, Legal*
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
Otologic Surgical Procedures / legislation & jurisprudence*,  standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
World Health

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