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Reactions of Potential Jurors to a Hypothetical Malpractice Suit Alleging Failure to Perform a Prostate-Specific Antigen Test

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We conducted focus groups with 47 potential jurors who were presented with diferent scenarios in a hypothetical malpractice case involving failure to order a PSA test. Better documentation that a patient made an informed decision to decline a PSA test appeared to provide more medical-legal protection for physicians, especially with the use of a decision aid.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Chief of the General Medicine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. 2: Director of Patient Perspectives and Evaluation at the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. 3: Research Associate of Patient Perspectives at the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. 4: The General Medicine Division of Massachusetts General Hospital 5: The Executive Director of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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