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free120/Block 2/Question#14 (reveal difficulty score)
A 42-year-old man comes to the physician for ...
The patient's perception that the physician is uncaring ๐Ÿ” / ๐Ÿ“บ / ๐ŸŒณ / ๐Ÿ“–
tags: ethics

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submitted by โˆ—bwdc(697)

This question is a little bit BS, in that there is nothing in the stem at all to make you infer this specifically. What the question is trying to ask is what factors cause malpractice suits in general. While professional incompetence is a cause, people love to discuss (and the boards love to test) poor physician communication and lack of empathy as root causes.

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angelaq11  THANK YOU! here I was thinking I was the only one. I chose the incompetent physician xD +7
arcanumm  I was on the fence here, but what led me to the correct answer is simply that a question based on an incompetent physician has really no teaching point for our purposes. +1
sharpscontainer  Though let's everyone be real, if the patient is poor, they are muuuuch less likely to have access to legal means for a malpractice suit. If only the USMLE cared enough to test us on social determinants of health... +2

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