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Editor's Correspondence
December 9/23, 2002

Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine Each Day Won't Keep the Lawyers Away

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(22):2631. doi:

In their commentary "Reducing Legal Risk by Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine," Forster et al1 suggest that physicians could avoid many malpractice suits by practicing skilled medicine, improving their communication skills, and treating patients and their families respectfully, to mention a few of their recommendations. The authors seem not to acknowledge that many physicians are hardworking, intelligent, and vigorously trained individuals who have been dedicated to doing precisely that. It is evident that such physicians would not turn to fruitless defensive practices if they believed that simply practicing good medicine would protect them from being sued.

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