BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Medical Malpractice
A recent study from Consumers Reports suggests that patients who demand respect from their healthcare providers have better outcomes and are less likely to suffer from medical errors than patients who fail to do the same. Forbes magazine reported on the study and some of the significant findings involved. The study of 1,200 recently hospitalized patients found:
Medical errors such as a preventable Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) (notably, the third leading cause of death in the United States), wrong diagnosis, adverse drug reactions and prescribing mistakes are on the rise. While the healthcare industry is trying to prevent medical errors through technological advances, the Consumers Report study indicates that technology may not be the only answer to the problem. The study found that patients can significantly reduce their risk of suffering from one of these medical errors if they are actively involved in their treatment and get the doctors and healthcare personnel to support and respect them. Patients and healthcare providers need to work as a team, with the doctor acting as the expert on the medicine and the patient acting as the expert on his or her own body.
How does a patient demand respect without the fear of being labeled as a “difficult patient”?
Patients can improve their quality of care if they take an active role in their healthcare and insist on being treated with respect. The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Medical Malpractice group have represented many patients who suffered from medical errors . If you have questions regarding your treatment or the treatment of a loved one, please contact us today.
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.