After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

by Nancy Berlinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801887690

ISBN-13: 9780801887697

Pub. Date: 09/14/2007

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Medical error is a leading problem of health care in the United States. Each year, more patients die as a result of medical mistakes than are killed by motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

While most government and regulatory efforts are directed toward reducing and preventing errors, the actions that should follow the injury or death of a patient

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Overview

Medical error is a leading problem of health care in the United States. Each year, more patients die as a result of medical mistakes than are killed by motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

While most government and regulatory efforts are directed toward reducing and preventing errors, the actions that should follow the injury or death of a patient are still hotly debated. According to Nancy Berlinger, conversations on patient safety are missing several important components: religious voices, traditions, and models.

In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just compensation. After Harm adds important human dimensions to an issue that has profound consequences for patients and health care providers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887697
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/14/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Narrative ethics1
2Physicians' narratives11
3Patients' and families' narratives28
4Disclosure40
5Apology51
6Repentance63
7Forgiveness81
8Ethical action92

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