Alleged Medical Malpractice: A Retrospective Study of Forensic Evaluation of Cases in Cairo and Giza regions-Egypt(2009-2011)
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dalia Abd-Elwahab Hassan
Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 13, 2014; Accepted date: August 27, 2014; Published date: September 01, 2014
Citation: Hassan DAE, Shehab AM, Kotb H (2014) Alleged Medical Malpractice: A Retrospective Study of Forensic Evaluation of Cases in Cairo and Giza regions - Egypt (2009-2011). J Forensic Res 5:239. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000239
Copyright: © 2014 Hassan DAE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The best available data source on lethal cases of medical malpractice is the files of the institutes of forensic medicine. The medico-legal autopsies are ordered by the prosecutor general when a case of alleged medical malpractice comes to his attention. A retrospective analysis of 243 cases of suspicious medical malpractice, from 2009 to 2011, was conducted at the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority. This study showed that hospital doctors were more affected by medical malpractice claims than doctors in private practice. It also showed that although surgery is the discipline with most accusations of medical malpractice, the rate of confirmed cases with proven causality is low.