Defensive Medicine among Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Tertiary Hospitals

Citations of this article
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.


Objective: To describe the daily work practice under the threat of defensive medicine among obstetricians and gynecologists. Study Design: A prospective cross-sectional survey of obstetricians and gynecologists working at tertiary medical centers in Israel. Results: Among the 117 obstetricians and gynecologists who participated in the survey, representing 10% of the obstetricians and gynecologists registered by the Israel Medical Association, 113 (97%) felt that their daily work practice is influenced by concern about being sued for medical negligence and not only by genuine medical considerations. As a result, 102 (87%) physicians are more likely to offer the cesarean section option, even in the absence of a clear medical indication, 70 (60%) follow court rulings concerning medical practices, and 85 (73%) physicians mentioned that discussions about medical negligence court rulings are included in their departments' meetings. Conclusions: Defensive medicine is a well-embedded phenomenon affecting the medical decision process of obstetricians and gynecologists. © 2013 Asher et al.




Asher, E., Dvir, S., Seidman, D. S., Greenberg-Dotan, S., Kedem, A., Sheizaf, B., & Reuveni, H. (2013). Defensive Medicine among Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Tertiary Hospitals. PLoS ONE, 8(3).

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free