Guidelines for expert witness testimony in medical malpractice litigation

Charles H. Deitschel, Jerome M. Buckley, Geoffrey Evans, John J. Fraser, Gary N. McAbee, Sally L. Reynolds, Jan Ellen Berger, Jeffrey I. Berman, W. Hugh Craft, Holly Myers, Julie Kersten Ake

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Abstract

The interests of the public and the medical profession are best served when scientifically sound and unbiased expert witness testimony is readily available to plaintiffs and-defendants in medical negligence suits. As members of the physician community, as patient advocates, and as private citizens, pediatricians have ethical and professional obligations to assist in the administration of justice, particularly in matters concerning potential medical malpractice. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that the adoption of the recommendations outlined in this statement will improve the quality of medical expert witness testimony in such proceedings and thereby increase the probability of achieving equitable outcomes. Strategies to enforce ethical guidelines should be monitored for efficacy before offering policy recommendations on disciplining physicians for providing biased, false, or unscientific medical expert witness testimony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)974-979
Number of pages6
JournalPediatrics
Volume109
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 20 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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