The Liability Environment for Physicians Providing Nursing Home Medical Care: Does it Make a Difference for Residents?
Posted: 5 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 3, 2009
Virtually all current residents of nursing homes in the United States have significant physical or mental problems requiring ongoing, competent medical attention. Physicians may be involved in the provision of medical care to nursing home residents in several different ways. This article reports on a research project involving a literature review, legal review, and the conduct of more than forty-five individual telephone and in-person conversations with key informants. The author attempts to identify and analyze the anxieties that physicians have about their own legal risks associated with nursing home involvement as either medical directors or attending physicians and how those legal anxieties may affect, positively or negatively, the quality of care and quality of life experienced by nursing home residents. The findings reported here form the basis for prescriptive recommendations for improving long-term care policy and industry practice.
Keywords: nursing homes, medical malpractice, liability, long-term care
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