Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine

In the Netherlands

In defensive medicine, practice is motivated by legal rather than medical reasons. Previous studies have analyzed the correlation between perceived medico-legal risk and defensive behavior among neurosurgeons in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, but not yet in Europe. The aim of the study “Defensive medicine among neurosurgeons in the Netherlands: a national survey” was to explore perceived liability burdens and self-reported defensive behaviors among neurosurgeons in the Netherlands and compare their practices with their non-European counterparts.

Relative to their American peers, Dutch neurosurgeons -concluded the study- view their insurance premiums as less burdensome, their patients as a smaller legal threat, and their practice as less risky in general. They are sued less often and engage in fewer defensive behaviors than their non-European counterparts.

Author: Yan SC and al.

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