II fenomeno dello stress da malpractice nei radiologi e radioterapisti. Percezione del problema e conseguenze

Translated title of the contribution: Malpractice stress syndrome in radiologists and radiotherapists: Perceived causes and consequences

A. Fileni, N. Magnavita, F. Mammi, G. Mandoliti, F. Lucà, G. Magnavita, A. Bergamaschi

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Abstract

Purpose. Radiology is among the specialties with an increasing risk of litigation. Regardless of the outcome of legal proceedings, physicians who are sued usually perceive the claim as an assault on their integrity and may suffer psychological or physical effects known as "malpractice stress syndrome". Materials and methods. Two hundred and six radiologists and 108 radiotherapists responded to a questionnaire containing specific items concerning their perception of malpractice stress and their opinions about the causes of clinical errors, as well as an assessment of work satisfaction and general health. Results. One third of physicians had been sued for malpractice. Age was significantly related to the occurrence of malpractice litigation. Radiological errors were purportedly related to occupational discomfort, and the latter variable was significantly associated with work dissatisfaction and a low level of psychological and physical well-being. Conclusions. Radiologists are well acquainted with medical malpractice and its causes; however, they have limited familiarity with clinical risk management practices and often ignore procedures of informed consent. A targeted educational effort is required to overcome these shortcomings.

Translated title of the contributionMalpractice stress syndrome in radiologists and radiotherapists: Perceived causes and consequences
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1069-1084
Number of pages16
JournalRadiologia Medica
Volume112
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Fileni, A., Magnavita, N., Mammi, F., Mandoliti, G., Lucà, F., Magnavita, G., & Bergamaschi, A. (2007). II fenomeno dello stress da malpractice nei radiologi e radioterapisti. Percezione del problema e conseguenze. Radiologia Medica, 112(7), 1069-1084. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11547-007-0206-9