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Guidelines and Current Assessment of Health Care Responsibility in Italy

Authors Zerbo S, Malta G, Argo A

Received 12 November 2019

Accepted for publication 29 January 2020

Published 10 March 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 183—189

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S238353

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto


Stefania Zerbo, Ginevra Malta, Antonina Argo

Department of Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Care, “G. D’Alessandro”, Legal Medicine Section, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Correspondence: Stefania Zerbo
Department of Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Care, “G. D’Alessandro”, Legal Medicine Section, University of Palermo, via del Vespro N. 129, Palermo 90127, Italy
Tel +39 33 3725 0209
Fax +39 09 1655 3203
Email stefania.zerbo@unipa.it

Abstract: Clinical guidelines are a potential tool for improving the effectiveness and quality of healthcare, decreasing variability in clinical practice, and preventing adverse events. In the purview of Law no. 24/2017, adherence to national guidelines can lead to a reduction in medical malpractice claims and the practice of so-called “defensive medicine”. The law has assigned a central role to the guidelines, establishing the National Institute of Health through the new Italian National Center for Clinical Excellence, Quality, and Security (CNEC) as the methodological guarantor in the process of national guideline development. Here we discuss the issue of professional liability as recently outlined by the Gelli-Bianco Law (no. 24/2017), taking into account the clinical significance and medicolegal value of the guidelines.

Keywords: clinical guidelines, health care, liability, medical malpractice, Gelli-Bianco law

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