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Le médecin face à la justice : entretiens avec 15 généralistes ayant vécu une procédure judiciaire

Abstract : The increase in the number of legal cases regarding medical liability is a worrying reality for general practitioners; however they remain unprepared for based issued lawsuits. The consequences of such a procedure on general practitioners are unclear: is it very different from any undesirable event without a judiciary outcome, which, as is now asserted, causes the doctor to be a « secondary victim », profoundly destabilized. To better understand what they feel through the trial, we have interrogated 15 privately based general practitioners, recruited with the help of their insurance. Semi-directed interviews were analyzed using a qualitative method. This revealed an important impact of the procedure, with two intensely fragile periods for the doctors: at the beginning of the procedure and after the end for those whose responsibility was pointed out. In this case, bitterness can have adverse effects like unsuitable defensive approach to medicine or even abandonning private practice. The doctor who have been charge with a medical error has a tendency to self manage, hide his anxiety and aggravated a natural tendency that private practitioners have not to ask for help for themselves. A strong professional network is therefore the best protection against lawsuit-generated anxiety; doctors who know of a colleague entangled in a legal issue should not hesitate to show some empathy and to question him. Moreover, communication must be developed, directed to doctors and medical students, with regards to undesirable events and liability issues, as well as the diverse and adapted anonymous sources of support that exist nowadays.
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Magali Finon. Le médecin face à la justice : entretiens avec 15 généralistes ayant vécu une procédure judiciaire. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2014. ⟨dumas-01132124⟩



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