Family Practitioner Malpractice
Family practitioners, who after graduating from medical school may spend 1 year in a family medicine residency, can provide people of all ages with acute care, such as diagnosis and treatment of the common cold or flu, as well as chronic care, such as maintenance care for diabetes or obesity. Family practitioners can also provide preventative care, such as vaccinations, and health education. The median salary for a family practitioner is just over $197,000.00.
Often, family practitioners serve as the first point of contact for a health problem, and are called upon by patients to make referrals to specialists. A busy family practitioner may commit medical malpractice by not making a referral to a specialist when the knowledge of a specialist is necessary. Other common family practitioner errors include:
- failure to take a proper patient history;
- failure to order appropriate lab work;
- failure to order diagnostic studies;
- failure to screen for cancer;
- failure to screen for heart disease; and
- failure to prescribe appropriate medications.
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