How to handle the stress of litigation

Clin Plast Surg. 1999 Jan;26(1):69-77, vii.


The article describes the psychological repercussions of being sued for malpractice. Although most physicians experience at least some emotional disruption during the process, they usually cope effectively. Factors that contribute to stress vulnerability as well as preventive measures are described. The influence of commonly shared personality features and the fact that tort law is fault based are explored in order to provide a psychological understanding of the litigation experience. General and specific approaches toward coping, including the importance of social support during the process, are offered.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Self Concept
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surgery, Plastic / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States