Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Bolu, Türkiye
This study aims to raise the awareness of otolaryngologists regarding medical malpractice allegations. Among the files adjudicated between 01/01/2012 and 31/12/2015 by the First Specialization Board of The Council of Forensic Medicine, cases with malpractice allegations accused of otolaryngologists were analyzed retrospectively. Fifty-seven cases were included in the study. Thirty-six cases (63.2%) were male, 21 cases (36.8%) were female. The mean age was 32.87±20.3 years (1-84). The cases were mostly in the 18-39 age group (n=22, 38.6%). The event subject to the claim occurred most frequently in the state hospital (n=24, 42.1%). In 57 cases, a total of 68 otolaryngologists were accused of malpractice. The most common diagnoses made in the health institution were trauma (n=13, 22.8%) and respiratory tract infection (n=10, 17.5%). Otolaryngologists were most frequently blamed for inadequate treatment (n=25, 26.3%) and lack of indifference (n=15, 26.3%). Surgical treatment was performed on 26 patients (45.7%). The most common operations were septorhinoplasty and tonsillectomy. Complications occurred in 73.7% of the cases. The board’s opinion was that only 10.5% of the cases had malpractice. A comprehensive review of the medical malpractice allegations will contribute to a better understanding of these cases and necessary strategies to reduce possible claims and improve health services.
Keywords: Malpractice, otolaryngology, trauma, complications, forensic medicine
Conflict of interests: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest in the study
Financial Disclosure: The authors declare that they have received no financial support for the study
Ethical approval: All study procedures were performed after obtaining the scientific and ethical approval of the Ministry of Justice Council of Forensic Medicine dated 23.02.2016 and numbered 21589509/77. The study was conducted by the principles of the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 2013.
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Hosukler E, Yazgi BK, Hosukler B, et al. Medical malpractice allegations related otolaryngologists. Med Science. 2022;11(4):1415-9
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Corresponding Author: Erdem Hosukler, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University,
Faculty of Medicine Department of Forensic Medicine, Bolu, Türkiye