Tag: communicating with patients
Did you know that non-clinical staff may impact patient safety and malpractice exposures? Ensuring that staff members have been properly trained regarding their roles and responsibilities should be an integral part of any organization’s risk management program.
Physicians and hospitals may be liable to the general public if a patient is not warned of medications that can impair the patient’s driving ability. A third party who is injured in an accident may now sue the physician or hospital directly if there has been a failure to warn the patient of the side effects.
It is likely that a physician’s risk of liability is increased when a patient chooses not to seek care primarily due to cost.
Lack of health literacy can make effective communication with patients a challenge. At stake may be inability to comply with treatment regimens, give informed consent and use medication properly.