Medical malpractice

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Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action that occurs when a medical professional deviates from standards in his or her profession, thereby causing injury to a patient.


Medico-legal action across multiple countries is more common against male than female doctors (odds ratio of 2.45).[1]

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  1. ^ Unwin, Emily; Woolf, Katherine; Wadlow, Clare; Potts, Henry W. W.; Dacre, Jane (1 January 2015). "Sex differences in medico-legal action against doctors: a systematic review and meta-analysis". BMC Medicine. 13: 172. doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0413-5. PMC 4535538Freely accessible. PMID 26268807. Retrieved 15 February 2017 – via BioMed Central.