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Avoiding Malpractice Lawsuits in Diabetes Care

Dec 11, 2014
 

Because diabetes has the potential for serious complications and requires immense involvement by patients and physicians for successful outcomes, healthcare professionals who treat diabetic patients may be at risk for malpractice lawsuits. In a study of claims closed from 2007 to 2013, The Doctors Company identified four common allegations made by patients with diabetes: improper management of treatment (37%); failure or delay in diagnosis (31%); failure to treat (9%); and improper management of medication regimens (6%). They also found that communication is key to improving patient outcomes as reducing liability. The Doctors Company, Susan Shepard, Communication Is Key to Improving Diabetic Patient Outcomes and Reducing Liability, Oct 2014