Doctors and other types of care providers have the responsibility of providing quality care and support to patients. It is impossible to guarantee outcomes to medical procedures, medications and other recommendations, yet Texas patients have the right to expect to receive quality treatment that meets a certain standard. It is critical for doctors, nurses and other providers to know how to properly support patients and prevent medical malpractice.
One of the most important and simplest ways to avoid medical malpractice is to establish practices that encourage clear communication. Communication can improve patient care, make it less likely that a mistake will occur and protect the interests of all involved. Clarity, good practices and cooperation is key in the avoidance of medical mistakes and allegations of malpractice.
Communicating with patients
A significant percentage of doctors will face allegations of malpractice at some point in their careers. Thankfully, there are steps you can take that will reduce the chance of unexpected events and mistakes that could harm a patient’s health. Improving communication between patients and care providers can increase understanding and make a positive impact on recovery, post-operative support and other aspects of medical care. Some ways to do this as a doctor include:
- Establish protocols that will result in regular communication between providers, clinicians, support staff, patients and others involved in the medical care process.
- Be present in meetings with patients, speak to them face-to-face and take time to communicate with them in person.
- Use language that is easy-to-understand. Your patients may not know what certain words mean, and they may feel confused or overwhelmed by medical terminology.
Clear communication also enhances the overall experience for your patient. When a patient feels heard, understood and supported, it may result in better results with his or her treatment plan. Simple communication efforts and established protocols may also reduce the chance that you will face the expense and stress of a medical malpractice allegation.
Fighting for your reputation and license
If you are facing allegations of medical malpractice, you do not have to face them alone. Your license, reputation as a care provider and even your financial interests are at stake. You will benefit from seeking knowledgeable guidance as you fight for your career against a medical malpractice claim. It is possible that an out-of-court solution may lead to a satisfactory outcome for all involved.