Clinical Jurisprudence: Could Thorough Documentation Have Changed The Outcome Of This Trial?

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A patient sued her gynecologist on the grounds that, because an originally planned BSO was not performed, she was fearful of developing ovarian cancer in the future.

Preoperative documentation was “sketchy”at best and did not reflect the preoperative discussion and options presented to the patient. There was no documentation of anyone accompanying the patient at the preoperative office visit.

The case went to trial.

What’s the verdict?