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MEDICINE AND SOCIETY
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 364-365

Defensive medicine: Sword of Damocles


1 Department of Paediatrics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India

Correspondence Address:
Nonita Dhirar
Department of Community Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.262898

Defensive medicine is the deliberate departure by doctors from standard operating procedures with a view to safeguard themselves against possible medical malpractice litigation. It is on the rise in both developed and developing nations and across all fields of medicine. Different aspects of this practice are evident and many new are unfolding by the day. It is silently encroaching on the healthcare systems and could be detrimental for patients, doctors and healthcare systems. We probe the determinants of defensive medicine, the possible implications and the recommendations for addressing it.


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