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Facial trauma malpractice lawsuits favor physicians, Rutgers study finds
Southern courts favor physicians in malpractice lawsuits over facial trauma treatment, while courts in the Midwest favor patients, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-02-11)
How does the precision medicine initiative affect me?
The symposium session at the 2018 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting will address cutting edge risk communication, risk assessment and risk management issues with respect to precision medicine, addressing issues such as trust, governance, tort liability and data access and quality. (2018-12-04)
Researchers offer perspective on legal, ethical implications of lost eggs and embryos
Three medical and legal scholars discussed the implications of one couple's wrongful death suit seeking compensation for the March 2018 loss at a fertility center of more than 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos. (2018-11-19)
Study finds hospital communication-and-resolution programs do not expand liability risk
Brigham and Women's Hospital evaluated liability effects of communication-and-resolution programs. (2018-11-02)
Hospitals differ widely in providing safe vaginal delivery after cesarean
Despite the conventional belief that for women giving birth 'once a cesarean always a cesarean,' vaginal delivery after cesarean -- also known as ''trial of labor after cesarean delivery'' (TOLAC) -- offers a safe option for many second-time mothers with no contraindications. (2018-10-24)
Study challenges concerns around imported farmed shrimp
Scientists at the University of Stirling have challenged concerns around the consumption of imported farmed shrimp -- with new research indicating that it is as safe as any other seafood product. (2018-10-17)
Durotomy: A common complication of spinal surgery -- and an important factor in some malpractice cases
Incidental durotomy -- small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord -- are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. (2017-12-04)
Confusion, different priorities may cause EMTALA violations
Legislation requires Medicare-participating emergency departments to give emergency care to everyone even if they don't have insurance, but violations of the law may be underreported, according to researchers. (2017-11-14)
After medical error, apology goes a long way
New research shows that discussing hospital errors with patients leads to better patient safety without spurring a barrage of malpractice claims. (2017-10-02)
Unneeded medical care is common and driven by fear of malpractice, physician survey concludes
A new national survey of more than 2,000 physicians across multiple specialties finds that physicians believe overtreatment is common and mostly perpetuated by fear of malpractice, as well as patient demand and some profit motives. (2017-09-06)
Online education boosts proper use of drugs that prevent blood clots
Results of a yearlong study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) with more than 900 nurses at The Johns Hopkins Hospital suggest that well-designed online education can decrease the rate of nonadministration of prescribed and necessary doses of blood thinners to prevent potentially lethal blood clots in hospitalized patients. (2017-08-16)
Patient race & gender are important in predicting heart attack in the emergency department
Researchers at the George Washington University published research finding that certain symptoms are more and less predictive of patients' risk for acute coronary syndrome, which includes heart attack, in patients of different gender and race. (2017-06-23)
Paid medical malpractice claims decrease
Researchers report that the overall rate of claims paid on behalf of all physicians dropped by 55.7 percent. (2017-03-27)
Use of patient complaints to identify surgeons with increased risk for postoperative complications
Patients whose surgeons had a history of higher numbers of patient complaints had an increased risk of surgical and medical complications, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. (2017-02-15)
Patient complaints can identify surgeons with higher rates of bad surgical outcomes
Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in collaboration with six other major academic health systems. (2017-02-15)
Dial-an-interpreter can help docs get patients' consent
There is healthy reasoning in installing bedside interpreter-phone systems in hospitals so that patients can be connected to professional interpreters around the clock. (2017-02-09)
Study provides new look at Cesarean rate in China
A study in JAMA by NYU Professor Jan Blustein finds that the current Chinese cesarean rate is substantially lower than what had been reported by the World Health Organization, and is comparable to the US rate for the same year. (2017-01-03)
Study finds state tort reforms linked to decreases in radiography utilization
According to new research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, state tort reform has been associated with a decrease in physician ordering of radiographs. (2016-12-21)
Mayo Clinic: Reversing physician burnout, using nine strategies to promote well-being
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have been documenting the rise and costs of physician burnout for more than a decade. (2016-11-18)
Hospitals can tear down 'wall of silence' using new research-based patient safety toolkit
A new toolkit for hospitals aims to break down the 'wall of silence' that often rises after something goes wrong in a patient's care. (2016-05-23)
Many physicians make lack a firm understanding of the costs of medical tests & procedures
Physicians are increasingly being asked to help contain costs and reduce the use of low-value health care services. (2016-05-17)
For doctors behaving badly, which state's the best? U-M team finds wide variation
What happens when doctors misbehave? The answer depends a lot on which state they practice in, a new study shows. (2016-03-23)
Small number of physicians linked to many malpractice claims, Stanford researchers say
A substantial share of all malpractice claims in the United States is attributable to a small number of physicians, according to a study led by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Melbourne. (2016-01-27)
Why online doctor ratings are good medicine
A new study in the December issue of Academic Medicine bolsters research linking good patient satisfaction scores with good patient outcomes. (2015-12-01)
Reducing misdiagnosis: Time for the next chapter in improving patient safety
An estimated 12 million people in the United States experience diagnostic errors annually, but it's time for a change, , said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, the Michael E. (2015-11-11)
Higher physician spending linked with fewer malpractice claims, finds US study
A higher use of resources by US physicians is associated with a reduced risk of malpractice claims, finds a study published by The BMJ this week. (2015-11-04)
Spending more on patients lowers doctors' malpractice risk, study finds
Physicians who spend more health care dollars on procedures for patients reduce their malpractice claim risk. (2015-11-04)
Does defensive medicine work?
In six out of seven specialties, higher-spending physicians faced fewer malpractice claims, accounting for differences in patient case-mix across physicians. (2015-11-04)
One new fly species, zero dead bodies: First insect description solely from photographs
The importance of collecting dead specimens when verifying a new species has been a hot discussion for quite a while now. (2015-10-05)
Professor awarded $1.2 million NIH grant to study malpractice and 'defensive medicine'
What happens to the quality of care delivered when physicians face no threat of malpractice? (2015-09-17)
Examination of nondisclosure agreements in medical malpractice settlements
A review of medical malpractice claim files at an academic medical center found that while most settlements included nondisclosure clauses there was little standardization or consistency in their application, according to article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2015-05-11)
ACP releases High Value Care advice for 1 of the most common diagnostic tests in US
Physicians should not screen for cardiac disease in adults at low risk for coronary heart disease with resting or stress electrocardiography, stress echocardiography, or stress myocardial perfusion imaging, the American College of Physicians advises in a paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2015-03-16)
India's doctors should be helped to expose poor practice or misconduct
Healthcare professionals should be helped to speak up if they become aware of threats to patient safety or wrongdoing. (2015-02-24)
Clinically inappropriate patient demands of oncologists happen infrequently
While many physicians will cite 'demanding patients' as the reason for high medical costs due to unnecessary tests or treatments, a new study conducted at outpatient oncology centers found that only 1 percent of 5,050 patient-clinician encounters resulted in a clinically inappropriate request, of which very few were complied with by physicians, according to a study published online by JAMA Oncology. (2015-02-12)
'Vast majority' of neurosurgeons practice defensive medicine
More than three-fourths US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine -- performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, reports a special article in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. (2015-01-30)
The Lancet: Neglect of culture in medicine is 'single biggest barrier' to achieving better health
The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from University College London, UK, and published in The Lancet. (2014-10-28)
Study shows anesthesia-related deaths decline; improvement needed to reduce injuries
New data, published in The Journal of Health Risk Management, sheds light on injuries caused by the administration of anesthesia. (2014-10-15)
Giving physicians immunity from malpractice claims does not reduce 'defensive medicine'
Conventional wisdom says that a lot of medical care in the United States is 'defensive medicine' prescribed because doctors want to protect themselves from the risk of malpractice lawsuits. (2014-10-15)
Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Sept. 30, 2014
This is the Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Sept. (2014-09-29)
Measuring defensive medicine costs on 3 hospital services
About 28 percent of the orders for three services at three hospitals were judged to be at least partially defensive by the physicians who ordered them. (2014-09-15)
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