Results of the search showed an emergence of literature describing the emotional impact of malpractice, referred to as "malpractice stress syndrome
," by physicians named as defendants in a lawsuit (Boehler, 2007; Couch & Thiebaud, 2002).
Recognition of the malpractice stress syndrome (8) is important, and should be anticipated as probable in some form for most physicians.
A physician executive's ability to counsel a medical staff member on the nuances between discussing specifics of the case and the value of seeking help to deal with the emotional and psychological impact of malpractice stress syndrome (not unlike the nuance between acknowledging sorrow about an outcome in an adverse event vs.
The aftermath of the malpractice process is often overlooked in the literature, yet it has been recognized as its own disorder, referred to as "malpractice stress syndrome
" (Boehler, 2007; Couch & Thieband, 2002).
The explosive increase in malpractice litigation in recent years has led to a newly recognized cause of emotional impairment.4 Malpractice stress syndrome
is characterized by depressed mood, negative self-image, irritability, and insomnia.