Pozgar, G. D. (2020). Legal and ethical issues for health professionals (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 9781284144185
Negligence and malpractice are two terms used interchangeably. However, these two terms, when used in different situations, usually have significant differences in their meaning. In general use, negligence is the act of failing to take the expected care in a case where a reasonable person would do in a similar situation (Pozgar, 2020). On the other hand, malpractice is used in levels of professionalism. It is used to show acts of professionals not taking the required standards within the scope of their job duties. When used in health care, negligence and malpractice have the following differences in meaning.