In a new medical study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the focus is less on a doctor's failure to make an accurate diagnosis of cancer than it is the disparity in treatment received based on the type of institution where a patient is receiving care after a diagnosis has already been made.
A long-accepted view in the medical community is that the road a doctor must traverse en route to becoming a competent, disciplined practitioner is uniformly constant and features certain absolutes, including, fundamentally, these: There are no short cuts to learning what a doctor needs to know; interns and residents need to be on the job and learn to adjust their workloads and schedules so they can follow -- that is, learn from -- an illness from inception to its end; and, with the balance of life and death often being in a doctor's hands, a physician consequently needs to become sufficiently steeled through training to optimally multi-task and work through the stressful situations that commonly occur in practice.
Researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have just released a study with this central conclusion, which might surprise a lot of people: A patient's chance of suffering some type of adverse event resulting from an act of medical malpractice is about the same whether he or she received treatment in a doctor's office or in a hospital.
Preventable errors in medication harm about 1.5 million patients each year in the United States, according to the Institute of Medicine ("IOM").
A central claim in many medical malpractice suits is that a patient's condition actually grew worse than better as a result of his or her hospital stay, owing to negligent medical care that resulted in a post-operative or other infection.
Online social networking is seemingly ubiquitous -- there appears to be a site for virtually every subject and purpose, and users number in the hundreds of millions, if not billions. Various estimates, for example, peg active Facebook users at 600 million-plus subscribers, with the number of users at other major sites -- e.g., Linkedin, Twitter, MySpace -- trailing only insubstantially behind.
"Hospitals are dirty."
Whether an impressively falling rate in the number of medical malpractice suits filed in Pennsylvania -- coupled with a strong trend showing that defendants prevail in more than 80 percent of such litigation -- is a decidedly positive development obviously depends on who is being asked, and is far from a simple matter.