It finally happened to me

Ruth Kannai

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It finally happened to me: I was sued for malpractice by the family of a patient who had died suddenly. My inner turmoil in the aftermath of this traumatic event affected me deeply. While I was an experienced family doctor dedicated to patient-centered medicine, the event challenged my customary approach to my patients. I share three vignettes from my practice that describe my inner dialogue both "preprosecution" and "postprosecution" and explain how I acted in each case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-477
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Family Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • bioethics
  • legal liability
  • medical errors
  • patient-centered care
  • physician-patient relations
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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