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MENDONCA, Vitor Silva  and  CUSTODIO, Eda Marconi. Medical malpractice and the respect for victims. Bol. psicol [online]. 2016, vol.66, n.145, pp.123-134. ISSN 0006-5943.

Medical malpractice results from an inadequate professional conduct leading to damage to somebody´s life or health, due to some action or omission. Such a situation has become more and more common in the Brazilian scenario, and the respect and the concern for the victims are ignored. Thus, this study aims at identifying the ways the professionals involved in malpractice take the victim as a human being into consideration. An individual semi structured interview was performed with twelve individuals who had suffered malpractice. It was found out that the victims feel disrespected and deprived of rights, when they go through such a situation. Doctors didn't show willingness to help, nor they assumed the responsibility for their malpractice, which reinforces a impaired relationship. In Brazil the stigma of malpractice has a strong connection with imposed value judgments, which makes it more difficult to be accepted by both the victim and the professionals

Keywords : Medical malpractice; justice; respect; victim.

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