[Consequences of lawsuits on affected doctors].


OBJECTIVES To determine the consequences of a judicial claim on the private life and professional practice of affected doctors. MATERIAL AND METHODS A cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed on the basis of 169 surveys filled out by physicians subjected to a lawsuit in Spain in the period including 2002-2005. RESULTS The claim produced a bad or very bad personal experience in 98.8%. A total of 85.1% admitted repercussions on family life, 84% made some change in the way they worked, and 57.4% admitted effects on their vocation. There was an unfavorable court ruling in 6%. CONCLUSIONS There were important repercussions on doctors after a lawsuit, both on their private and family life, as well as the way they approach medical practice.

DOI: 10.1016/j.rce.2010.08.002

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@article{PereaPrez2011ConsequencesOL, title={[Consequences of lawsuits on affected doctors].}, author={Bernardo Perea-P{\'e}rez and Andr{\'e}s Santiago-S{\'a}ez and Elena Labajo-Gonz{\'a}lez and Maria Elena Albarr{\'a}n-Juan and Juan Antonio S{\'a}nchez-S{\'a}nchez}, journal={Revista clínica española}, year={2011}, volume={211 1}, pages={17-22} }