The DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety blog published an interesting post last week that sheds light on a new court opinion which upheld a jury decision against a medical group known as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The blog post can be found here and a .pdf of the court opinion is here.
The situation is worth learning about, because it offers a glimpse inside one of these medical advocacy groups, reminding that “objectivity” and “honesty” are not necessarily the focal point of all of their actions. This case is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done before patient safety is the number one priority among medical professionals. Unfortunately, the culture of protecting one’s own–instead of being honest about medical errors or negligence–is still prevalent.
“Reckless Disregard for the Truth”