Inside… Mastering Your Risk
Sara Williams reports from Mastering Your Risk, a workshop from MPS Education and Risk Management that is available to MPS members in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong
What motivates patients to take action against their doctor? For most people, it is because they are dissatisfied with how their doctor has treated them. Studies have shown that most people have already chosen to take action before their doctor has even made an error. Evidence suggests that the likelihood of receiving complaints and claims may be reduced through effective communication.
Up until the early 1990s there was a simplistic view about preventing risk: if doctors were technically good they would be low risk. This is not true. Several studies turned this on its head by revealing that only 2-3% of patients who suffered negligence actually sued their doctor, and 70% of litigation is related to poor communication after an adverse event.
On the back of this research MPS launched a series of risk management workshops to teach doctors how to prevent complaints and claims by improving their interactions with patients and colleagues. I recently had the pleasure of attending the first workshop in this series: Mastering Your Risk.
Inside Mastering Your Risk
Dr Ruth Livingstone, the MPS facilitator for the day, brings with her 30 years’ experience working as a GP. She kicked off the first half of the three-hour workshop by exploring why patients sue their doctors. Interactive discussion ensued as the delegates heard real comments from patients about why they sued their doctors. The role of communication was debated as the delegates watched a video depicting a very poor consultation.