Orthopaedic Ethics 2: Patient Abandonment

Abandonment is considered unprofessional behavior and, if reported to the state office of professional medical conduct, can trigger an investigation. A physician may also be at risk for a medical malpractice claim if the termination of care occurs at a "critical stage" of treatment and an injury results.

Module content created by Paul Levin, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Learning objectives for this Activity:

Define patient abandonment

Learn physician's ethical/professional responsibilities

Understand legal and regulatory responsibilities

Discuss strategies to prevent abandonment or appearance of abandonment

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