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Fitness to Practice Evaluations

An Essential Element in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits


by Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist



Psychological Fitness to Practice Evaluation is an invaluable tool in medical malpractice cases. It provides clinical and objective empirical evidence regarding the defendant's emotional well-being and functioning. These evaluations are essential in determining whether psychological conditions or impairments might have affected the professionals' ability to provide safe and efficient care.


By integrating forensic psychological evaluations, attorneys representing plaintiffs or defendants can harness a powerful tool to construct persuasive legal arguments. These evaluations include a clinical interview and objective empirically based psychometric testing administration.


A comprehensive fitness-to-practice assessment is essential for identifying various conditions that can affect the ability to provide quality patient care. These conditions may include anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, or substance abuse. Effectively addressing and managing these issues is imperative to upholding high quality and safety standards in healthcare.


Assessments evaluate mental health and psychological fitness to practice and provide proactive treatment or intervention recommendations. This approach is crucial in preventing future instances of malpractice. By addressing underlying concerns, healthcare professionals can enhance their practice and significantly reduce the likelihood of similar incidents occurring in the future.


I have extensive experience conducting fitness-to-practice evaluations with various healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists, and mental health professionals. Each evaluation is meticulously tailored to meet the unique needs of the client, employer, or attorney involved in the case, ensuring that their specific concerns are addressed.



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