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  • CDC Public Health Law News
    4 star rating A weekly digest of current, worldwide news stories, court opinions, announcements and special features related to public health law and legislation. The News is free and available to anyone with an interest in public health law.
  • Medical News Today - Medical Malpractice / Litigation News
    4 star rating The latest medical and health news headlines directed to an international audience of health professionals. Includes articles and reports of pharmaceutical and biotechnology developments.

Full Text / MultiMedia

  • "Malpractice" Powerpoint Lectures
    5 star rating Powerpoint lectures from medical schools, medical societies, etc. collected by the Google search service.
  • 'Lectric Law Medical Malpractice Topic Area
    4 star rating A malpractice lawyer's view of topics in medical malpractice: news, litigation, standards of care, cases, expert medical consultants and witnesses, etc.
  • Ethics in Medicine
    4 star rating Contains tools to help you reason through difficult cases and bioethics topic overviews. A topic is "Breaking Bad News". University of Washington School of Medicine .
  • Issues in Risk Management at Yale
    4 star rating An online module on risk management and medical malpractice that provides educational material for the busy physician. Includes text notes and images on malpractice, the medical record, patients' rights, criminal vs tort law, and the legal system. Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine and Center for Advanced Instructional Media, revised February 1998.
  • Risk Management Updates from Physicians Insurance
    4 star rating Advice and guidelines that touch upon a key clinical practice risk management issue.
  • Ethics Manual of the American College of Physicians
    3 star rating A postion paper that addresses the ethical tensions faced by internists in their care of patients. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • The Dr. Witherspoon Malpractice Case Archive
    3 star rating An article archive of malpractice cases for which a fictitious "Dr. Witherspoon" provides a straightforward, unvarnished explanation of what went wrong and why. Edited by Dr. John A. Kona, orthopedic surgeon .
  • The Forensic Panel Letter
    2 star rating REG Search through important cases in the interface of psychiatry and law. The Forensic Panel Letter is an attorneys resource for forensics, which the medical expert professional can utilize to better conceptualize the important trends in law that improve expert witness testimony Fee registration for full text. Subscription fee. Free trial. The Forensic Panel.



  • Risk Management Sourcebook
    5 star rating A practical, state-of-the-art medical reference collection of more than 50 loss prevention articles. Covers a wide range of medical, legal, and multispecialty topics, with articles organized into five basic categories: Communication, Practice Guidelines, Litigation/Claims, Professional Conduct, and Clinical Issues. PDF format. The Doctors Company.
  • Ethics Manual of the American College of Physicians
    4 star rating A comprehensive set of articles regarding important ethics issues in the care of patients.
  • EUROETHICS Database
    4 star rating The European bibliographic literature database EUROETHICS covers the subject fields of Medical Ethics and Biomedical Ethics. EUROETHICS integrates national data collections with more than 30,000 references, such as journal articles, monographs, book contributions, electronic documents (hyperlinks to full texts), newspaper articles and grey literature.
  • Just Doctoring: Medical Ethics in the Liberal State
    4 star rating Presents an approach to medical ethical issues focused on diverse problems such as rationing of care, the role of competition in medical care, limits on care for elderly patients, quality assurance and malpractice litigation, and issues on informed consent. Physician Troyen A. Brennan.
  • Medical Risk Management
    4 star rating A textbook-style reference with chapters that offer brief text summaries on legal considerations in delivering quality medical care. The resource is maintained by the Center for Public Health Law- a research center based at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.
  • Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Medical Treatment
    4 star rating Describes the process which should be followed and the safeguards which should be in place to ensure that decisions to withhold life-prolonging treatments are made appropriately.
  • Summary of United States Medical Malpractice Law
    3 star rating Hypertext documents devoted to medical malpractice laws of each state. Covers state-specific statutes of limitations, attorneys' fees, compensation funds, expert testimony, damage caps, and arbitration. McCullough, Campbell & Lane .

Major Sites / Home Pages

  • - The American Journal of Bioethics
    5 star rating Peer-reviewed, full text articles about ethical issues in medicine. The website adds commentary, news items, announcements, etc. The journal covers clinical ethics, research ethics, science ethics, ethics in nursing, and bioethics for beginners and ethics committees. University of Pennsylvania.
    5 star rating An American Medical Association site about ethical considerations in medicine.
  • Correctional Health Care
    4 star rating An online resource for news, articles, and events regarding healthcare in prisons. The Corrections Connection.
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care
    4 star rating Position statements that, along with the published standards, may assist correctional facilities in designing policies and procedures.
  • Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care
    3 star rating News, event announcements , and feature articles on clinical ethics and bioethics law. State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Common Good
    3 star rating A website for an organization dedicated to restoring common sense to American healthcare and malpractice law. This website presents opinions, coverage of ongoing controversies, news, and event announcemnts.
  • National Practitioner Data Bank
    3 star rating A database of adverse actions against a practitioner's llicensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and exclusions from Medicare and Medicaid. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Doctors' Company
    3 star rating A physician endorsed professional liability insurance company. This website offers newsletters, feature articles, and challenging cases on risk management, legislation alerts, and tort reform.

Practice Guidelines / FAQs


  • Malpractice Casebook from MPS (UK)
    4 star rating These cases alert physicians to pitfalls that have caught their colleagues unawares. The Medical Protection Society is the largest mutual medical protection organisation operating internationally.
  • Medical Malpractice Case Studies at CAP
    3 star rating Case of the month that address medical malpractice issues. Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc./ Mutual Protection Trust.
  • Ethics Clinical Examinations
    2 star rating Patient scenarios with checklists for evaluation of candidate physician's interviewing skills. University of Toronto.


Patient Education

  • Advance Directives at Partnership for Caring
    1 star rating Patient education information about "living wills" and the "medical power of attorney". This website offers free state-specific advance directives that are downloadable in PDF format.


Educational Materials

  • Risk Management Practice Tips from Mass Mutual
    5 star rating Useful articles on preventing malpractice, operating the health care facility, and management practice resources and personnel. Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine
  • End of Life Physician Education Resource Center (EPERC)
    4 star rating REG Provides a comprehensive collection of educational materials and information about end of life issues. Includes abstracts of peer reviewed educational materials, funding and training opportunities, significant articles, suggested reading. Searchable. Restricted registration or content areas. Medical College of Wisconsin, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Health Laws at Cornell Law School
    4 star rating A directory of US Federal and State statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions related to health. Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute.
  • FDA Medical Devices Adverse Events Database
    2 star rating A searchable database of reports of adverse events involving specific medical devices.
  • A Protocol for Withdrawing Life Support
    1 star rating A complex technical and interpersonal practice guideline. Steve Miles. M.D.
  • International e-Health Code of Ethics
    1 star rating The goal of the "e-Health Code of Ethics" is to ensure that all people worldwide can confidently, and without risk, realize the full benefits of the Internet to improve their health. Internet Healthcare Coalition .
  • Medical Litigation News
    1 star rating REG Summaries of articles that offer expert opinion regarding malpractice prone conditions. Full text of articles are available by subscription to the website or print edition. Fee registration.


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