September 25, 2005

Lawsuits Against Patients Backfire on Litigious Surgeons

Law suits, doctors, patients, relationships, transparency

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am fascinated by the doctor/patient relationship. I have blogged on this subject often, and I have pocast interviews with thoughtful experts on this subject like Carl E. Schneider.

Today brought more evidence that neither doctors nor patients are all that thrilled by the state of the doctor/patient relationship. Techdirt in "Doctors Furious That People Might Criticize Them Online" (http://techdirt.com/articles/20050914/1318205_F.shtml) looks at doctors from the point of view of a veteran of the World Wide Web.

He notes that we physicians are well known late adopters. "Perhaps that's why they've just recently gotten around to discovering that on this world wide web we've all been using, it's possible for people to post their opinions -- including opinions about the treatment they received from doctors." He then notes that some doctors have been suing their patients who post critical comments on the Internet. "These doctors get written up in the Wall Street Journal as trying to hide the complaints, rather than respond to them." He then references the Streisand Effect which refers to the actress's lawsuit trying to remove a picture of her house from the 12,000 photos available on the Internet that documented the entire California coast. By calling attention to her house with her legal action, she made the photo of her house an Internet Hit.

Complete article is available atwww.soundpractice.net/article.cfm?id=201

Posted by Admin at September 25, 2005 04:16 PM