Other Resources

Medscape Business of Medicine (www.medscape.com/businessmedicine)
"A Medscape from WebMD Special Report: Guide to Winning a Malpractice Lawsuit" from Medscape Business of Medicine. (August 25, 2011

This report is available (as is all other content on Medscape fromWebMD) to viewers who participate in a one-time registration, which is free of charge. There are numerous articles on the subject of malpractice litigation at Medscape Business of Medicine.

This report covers a series of articles that include: "Guide to Winning A Malpractice Lawsuit" (Mark E. Crane), a slide show that describes physician behavior at critical junctures during a lawsuit; "Why Defensive Medicine Won't Go Away – and Might Become Worse" (Ilene R. Brenner, M.D.) that features some of the proposals involved with healthcare reform that may keep it alive and well; "Malpractice Risks Rise with New Pressure on Doctors to Undertreat" (Lee J. Johnson, Esq. and Frank J. Weinstock, M.D.) that comments on new payment arrangements that may lower costs but also pressure physicians to avoid various tests and procedures; "The Surprise Malpractice Suit: Why Did You Sue Me?" (Mark E. Crane) that reveals some experts' views on the unanticipated lawsuit; and "Ten Things Never to Do at Your Trial" (Ilene R.Brenner, M.D.) that reviews common mistakes that can foil your defense.

Medical Economics (www.memag.com)
This website provides full-text downloadable articles on a variety of litigation-related subjects including communication, documentation, risk management, insurance, and relationships with colleagues. In many of these, physicians write about real life experiences and stress the need for support during the process. Click here to access those resources.

A February 7, 2003 article entitled, “You’ve Been Sued. There’s Help,” describes litigation “retreats” that help physicians cope with litigation and offer advice on how to be your own best witness. Click here to view the article.

MomMD (www.mommd.com)
This is a website dedicated to connecting women in medicine. Although it has no sections that specifically address the stress of litigation, it does provide articles, commentaries, and recommended books on a wide variety of subjects related to the stress women in medicine experience.

Healthcare Providers Service Organization (www.hpso.com)
This organization provides professional liability coverage for a wide range of non-physician health care professionals. Their publication, “Risk Advisor,” periodically publishes stress-related articles that are available online.

Physician News Digest (www.physiciannews.com)
This website hosts the article entitled “Coping with Litigation Stress" by T. Hobbes and G. Gable.

OBG Management Online (www.obgmanagement.com)
This website publishes regular monthly features on liability issues and a number of relevant articles. Use the search term, "litigation."

MD Mentor (www.MDMentor.com)
This website is devoted to the care of physicians and others who have dedicated their lives to the art of healing, but typically have no preparation for dealing with the intricacies of the legal system with which they have become entangled.