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Medicolegal dermatopathology

Amanda Marsch, Whitney A High
Understanding malpractice risk and practicing risk management strategies results in better care and a less stressful environment of practice. Errors in diagnosis are most commonly related to melanoma and neoplasms of the skin. To offset the threat of malpractice litigation, malpractice data can be used to focus safety efforts on common diagnostic errors. Recognition of sources of error in the analysis of pigmented lesions by dermatopathologists, and the development of new immunohistochemical or genotypic techniques for the recognition and distinction of malignant disease from benign pigmented lesions, will also provide important improvements in care and diagnosis in the future...
October 2012: Dermatologic Clinics
Whitney A High
Melanoma represents a substantial source of risk within dermatology and dermatopathology. This article seeks to provide general pathologists, dermatologists and dermatopathologists with an overview of the basics principles of medical malpractice litigation, a review of the essentials of reporting and the importance of expert consultation for melanoma and pigmented lesions, and suggestions to improve quality care and reduce medicolegal risk associated with melanoma and pigmented lesions.
June 2008: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
A Neil Crowson
Medical malpractice litigation is rising at an explosive rate in the US and, to a lesser extent, in Canada. The impact of medical malpractice litigation on health care costs and the cost of insurance is dramatic. Certain specialist categories are becoming uninsurable in some parts of the US, while in others, clinicians are retiring early, restricting or changing practice or changing states of residence in consequence of medical malpractice claims and of the cost and availability of insurance. This, in turn, has had the real effect of denying care to patients in some communities in the US...
February 2006: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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