It’s so tempting to look at all the pressures on us today and assume that the reality of medical practice is qualitatively different from what it once was. The more I think about it, though, the less I believe that’s true. Part III in a series of four on preventing physician suicide.
To reduce the isolation we feel around unexpected outcomes and malpractice litigation, we need shared dialogue among physicians of all specialties around these experiences. As a starting place, let’s talk about just how many American physicians are sued.
While we may talk about unforeseen patient outcomes and how to avoid the experience of medical malpractice litigation, we do not share often enough what we have learned regarding how to respond and how it feels, not if, but when it happens to us.