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:

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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About this activity:
This activity was orginally created on: May 30, 2014
  • So Young Oh
  • B. Corbett Walsh
  • Donna Phillips
  • Raj Karia
  • Jillian Halpern