Stress. The other 4-letter word. Throw a pending malpractice suit in to the mix and you’ve got yourself a volcano on the verge of eruption. According to Medscape
, 39% of malpractice lawsuits last 1-2 years – and that’s a long time to cope with pending litigation.
Being cognizant of stress levels, feelings and behaviors is especially important during this time. As the Western Journal of Medicine
research indicates, doctors experience anxiety, panic, surprise, even shock when a complaint is served. As medical malpractice litigation moves forward, denial, preoccupation and negative thoughts creep in. Eventually, once the case has ended, doctors often change how they practice - which isn’t always in their patients’ best interest. As a physician, you’re still taking care of people (and yourself) so you have to be fit to serve. Doctors are people, too! Here are a few quick tips to help you manage the stress of a medical malpractice lawsuit:
- Exercise! Take a walk, pedal to the park, don’t skip leg day, etc. Burning off tension is key to keeping your stress levels down. Work it out of you!
- Join a doctor support group. While medical malpractice claims can be isolating due to HIPAA laws, you aren’t alone. Talking with peers about your concerns will get things off your chest.
- Spend time outside work. During such a volatile time, separating yourself from high-stress places should take your worries down a notch. Taking on a new hobby or using vacation time is a nice distraction and will help you cope.Nobody wants a malpractice suit against them. They’re terrifying and unpredictable, use these suggestions to push you through it.
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