The malpractice crisis. Relevance for geriatrics

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1989 Apr;37(4):364-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1989.tb05506.x.


The adverse effects of the current American medical malpractice problem on the practice of geriatric medicine have thus far been relatively minor, but real. This article discusses some of the prominent public policy issues involved in the ongoing debate about malpractice, with special application to older patients and their physicians. Suggestions are made for appropriate actions by geriatricians individually and collectively, in response to the malpractice situation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Geriatrics / economics
  • Geriatrics / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / economics
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Risk Management
  • United States