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Medical Errors and Malpractice Lawsuits

Impact on Providers— Part 2 of 6

Rappaport, David I., MD*†; Selbst, Steven M., MD†‡

Section Editor(s): Mull, Colette C. MD; Editor

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001856
Physician Wellness/Burnout

Every pediatric emergency medicine provider will be involved in medical errors during their career and many will face the prospect of at least one malpractice lawsuit. These events can cause significant stress, including detrimental effects on providers' mental and physical health. This stress may also impact the provider's ability to care for future patients. In this installment of our series, “A Call to Restore Your Calling: Self-care of the Emergency Physician in the Face of Life-Changing Stress,” we examine how medical errors and malpractice lawsuits may affect providers and how individuals and organizations can address these events.

From the *Division of General Pediatrics, Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE;

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; and

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: David I. Rappaport, MD, Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 (e-mail:

Online date: May 30, 2019

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