More Information: For Committee Opinion #683—Behaviors that Undermine a Culture of Safety

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified additional resources on topics related to this document that may be helpful for ob-gyns and other health care practitioners.

These resources are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion 551, Coping With the Stress of Medical Professional Litigation
This Committee Opinion addresses the problem of obstetrician–gynecologists being defendants in a medical professional liability lawsuit.

External Resources

American Medical Association’s STEPS Forward™
AMA’s STEPS Forward™ is a practice-based initiative developed by the American Medical Association, in partnership with the Medical Group Management Association, to provide strategies for improving practice efficiency and help reach the Quadruple Aim—better patient experience, better population health and lower overall costs with improved professional satisfaction.

Adverse Events, Stress, and Litigation: A Physician’s Guide
This book by Sara C. Charles and Paul R. Frisch shows how malpractice cases go through the judicial stages of complaint, discovery, depositions, motions, and delays that lead to trial, settlement, or being dropped. It also gives physicians an understanding of how lawyers think and work to help defendants. Written by a physician and a lawyer, the book provides unique insights—through real-life stories—into the personal experience of litigation, as well as recommendations for dealing with each of the legal process.

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