Practice Of Uncertainty
  • Alternative view 1 of Practice Of Uncertainty
  • Alternative view 2 of Practice Of Uncertainty

Practice Of Uncertainty

by Stephen L. Fielding, Howard Waitzkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 086569284X

ISBN-13: 9780865692848

Pub. Date: 04/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Incorporating in-depth interviews, statistical data, and prior studies, Fielding illustrates how modern medicine is a victim of its own success. The historical record since the early 19th century shows that the rate of malpractice claims has increased as medicine developed new and more complex procedures. Fielding integrates macro- and micro-levels of analysis to

Overview

Incorporating in-depth interviews, statistical data, and prior studies, Fielding illustrates how modern medicine is a victim of its own success. The historical record since the early 19th century shows that the rate of malpractice claims has increased as medicine developed new and more complex procedures. Fielding integrates macro- and micro-levels of analysis to explain how scientific medicine is inherently prone to adverse outcomes no matter how competent medical provides are and how patients often feel their personal experiences and views are marginalized during the course of their medical care. This combination makes it more likely that patients will sue when something goes wrong.

The so-called medical practice crisis is mostly the result of a system of health care that has promoted professional dominance and high-tech care. This system both shapes and is shaped by the daily clinical context in which patients, physicians, and other providers interact. The key policy implication would be to place greater emphasis on primary care and prevention rather than curative or high-tech interventions. For example, aggressive programs to ensure primary care for all, public health, occupational health, and accident reduction would go a long way to improve both the health of the population and reduce the rate of medical malpractice claims.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865692848
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

People Interviewed

Historical and Social Background

Setting the Contemporary Stage

System Accidents

Uncertainty—Which Diagnosis and Treatment?

We Were Going to be Society's Heroes

Am I the Same?

Gender and Telling the Story

The Defense of Wealth

Implications

Afterword: The Limitations of Science and Technology

Appendix: Theory and Method

Bibliography

Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >