Description: 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