Negligence and Malpractice
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Malpractice is a terminology used in professional settings to describe the failure of a medical provider to exercise and demonstrate that degree of skill, knowledge, competence, and expertise commonly applied by average reputable members of the profession. Negligence, defined as the failure to provide adequate care, is the legal theory of malpractice liability. It entails the failure to comply with established care standards, provide adequate information to patients and follow up when necessary. Negligence consists of actions or inactions that contribute to poor care outcomes.