US neurologist escapes jail for alleged serial sexual assaults but faces more accusers

BMJ 2017; 359: j5474
Author: Owen Dyer
“A neurologist who used his specialized knowledge of rare diseases to trap female patients into abusive doctor-patient relationships has escaped jail in a Pennsylvania court but will never practice again. He also faces live police investigations in two other US states where he previously worked.”
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The Impact of State Medical Malpractice Reform on Individual-Level Health Care Expenditures

Health Services Research, 2017, 52(6), 2018–2037
Authors: Hao Yu, Michael Greenberg, Amelia Haviland
“Past studies of the impact of state-level medical malpractice reforms on health spending produced mixed findings. Particularly salient is the evidence gap concerning the effect of different types of malpractice reform. This study aims to fill the gap. It extends the literature by examining the general population, not a subgroup or a specific health condition, and controlling for individual-level sociodemographic and health status.”
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Malpractice in paediatric minimally invasive surgery – a current concept: Results of an international survey

Medicine, Science and the Law, October 13, 2017
Authors: Ciro Esposito, Maria Escolino, Marcela Bailez, Steve Rothenberg et al.
“This study aimed to assess malpractice in paediatric minimally invasive surgery (MIS), and attitudes, prevention strategies and mechanisms to support surgeons while they are under investigation.”
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Patients’ Experiences With Communication-and-Resolution Programs After Medical Injury

JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 09, 2017
Authors: Jennifer Moore, Marie Bismark, Michelle M. Mello
“Dissatisfaction with medical malpractice litigation has stimulated interest by health care organizations in developing alternatives to meet patients’ needs after medical injury. In communication-and-resolution programs (CRPs), hospitals and liability insurers communicate with patients about adverse events, use investigation findings to improve patient safety, and offer compensation when substandard care caused harm. Despite increasing interest in this approach, little is known about patients’ and family members’ experiences with CRPs.”
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Adelaide chiropractor allegedly used hidden cameras to indecently film patients, court hears

ABC, 10 October 2017
Author: Rebecca Opie
“An Adelaide chiropractor accused of using hidden cameras to indecently film hundreds of patients, including children, is a self-confessed sex addict, the Adelaide Magistrates Court has heard.”
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Slapping therapist accused of causing boy’s death said Western medicine was poison, court told

SMH, 4 October 2017
Author: Harriet Alexander
“A Chinese “self-healing promoter” accused of causing the death of a six-year-old boy allegedly described Western medicine as “poison” and encouraged diabetics to participate in slapping therapy instead of taking their insulin.”
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Ten-year ban for steroid-prescribing doctor

Australian Doctor, 27 June 2017
Author: Anthony Scholefield
“A doctor who wrote in his notes “naughty boy wants to get buff by April” when prescribing steroids and stimulants to hundreds of body-builders has been struck off for 10 years.”
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Medical device theft at SSM Health puts data on 836 patients at risk

Information Management, 30 May 2017
Author: Joseph Goedert
“A medical device that records physiological data was stolen on April 12 from SSM Health Orthopedics, which operates out of SSM Health-owned DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, potentially affecting the data of 836 patients. The organization said the medical device, which looks similar to a laptop computer, contained in its memory some physiological data as well as protected health information from patients who participated in a study between 2002 and 2017. The organization notified the patients that some of their protected health information has been compromised.”
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Malpractice should be investigated proactively and holistically to identify underlying causes

BMJ 2017; 357: j2510
Author: Simon R Peck
“I question what a public enquiry into the Paterson case will achieve. The facts are already in the public domain, and the theme of institutional failure to act effectively is familiar to us all. Much more useful, in my view, would be a review of how healthcare is regulated and how concerns might better be handled in future.”
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