The concept of standard of care in medicine has evolved over decades to include a legal definition of clinical care that is consistent with what a reasonable practitioner in the community would provide. In treating women of childbearing age who suffer from moderate to severe psychopathology, clinicians face challenging decisions, as they must consider the health and welfare of both the mother and the unborn child if the patient becomes pregnant. This case illustrates a difficult clinical situation in which, in our judgment, the treating clinicians provided treatment that met the standard of care. And yet the jury in the civil malpractice trial felt differently and awarded a substantial amount of money to the plaintiffs. How can we understand this verdict?
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The participant will interpret how providing standard-of-care treatment may affect a verdict in a medical malpractice case.
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.
Estimated Time to Complete
Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: March 1, 2020
End Date: February 28, 2022
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
Title: Standard of Care: Reasonable But Not Perfect
Authors: Rita Suri, M.D., Donna Kanar Socol, J.D., Michael Gitlin, M.D.
Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles (R.S., M.G.); Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., Chicago (D.K.S.).
Disclosures: The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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