We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Editor's Correspondence |

Reflections on Malpractice

Daniel Reinharth, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(22):2630. doi:.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


As I read the recent commentary "Reducing Legal Risk by Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine,"1 I was reminded that the literature I have read about malpractice has neglected 2 major points. First, it appears to me that lawyers and physicians view malpractice in very different lights. Lawyers, I believe, are detached about malpractice. To them it is just one of the many aspects of earning a living, some of which are pleasant and some of which are not. They believe that we should treat it as a game or competition just as they do and that we should study it to reduce its impact and even fight it politically but should not take it so personally because it is "just business." Physicians, on the other hand, react very emotionally to malpractice, in general. We become physicians to help people and then discover that the very people we are trying to help may turn against us in a drastic way, threatening our confidence and even our ability to remain practicing physicians. I believe that malpractice is a dagger in the heart of the physician-patient relationship, undermining the trust that is so essential for each party to feel.



Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview





December 9, 2002
J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH; Jorg Muntwyler, MD, MPH
Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(22):2630. doi:.
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

See Also...
Articles Related By Topic
Related Collections
PubMed Articles