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Medicolegal Problems in Pediatric Area

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2005;48(8):813-819.
Published online August 15, 2005.
Medicolegal Problems in Pediatric Area
Soo Jeong Kwon1, Ji Young Jang1, Nam Su Kim1, Myung Kul Yum1, In Joon Seol1, Ku Won Jung2
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Law, College of Law, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
소아과 영역에서 의료분쟁
권수정1, 장지영1, 김남수1, 염명걸1, 설인준1, 정규원2
1한양대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
2한양대학교 법과대학 법학과
Nam Su Kim, Email: namsukim@hanyang.ac.kr
: Medicolegal problems start when the patient asserts the mistake of doctor and doctor does not accept it. The purpose of this study is to assess the actual condition of medicolegal problems and to provide solutions of medicolegal problems in the pediatric field.
: There is not official statistical data about medicolegal problems in our country. We gathered data of legal insurance program of Korean Medical Association(KMA) and court cases and other fragmentary data.
: Between 1981 and 1995, of total 2,338 cases reported to legal problem insurance program of KMA, most common ones were 748 cases of obstetrics and gynecology. Pediatric case was ranked at the 5th, 74 cases(3.1%). According to analysis of 41 medicolegal cases' after 1990, maltreatment of patient had the highest incidence of 14 cases, injection and medication were related to 12 cases, misdiagnosis was 9 cases, patient management were related to 4 cases, and others were 2 cases. The trial result of the medicolegal cases was that 31 cases were compensated, and 8 cases were defeated, and 2 cases were still in the process.
: The aspect of medical legal problem has the tendency of radicalism and systematization. This brings an economic destitution in the patient and gives damage to a doctor. In order to reduce medicolegal problem, doctor should offer a duty of explanation and efforts to his best to satisfy patient and endeavor to make an intimate doctor-patient relationship.
Key Words: Medicolegal problem , Doctor-patient relationship

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