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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)
Massachusetts primary care malpractice claims related to alleged misdiagnoses
Most of the primary care malpractice claims filed in Massachusetts are related to alleged misdiagnoses, according to study by Gordon D. (2013-09-30)
Radiologists overestimate their overall risk of malpractice lawsuits in breast imaging
Radiologists who work in breast imaging tend to overestimate their actual risk of medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a study performed at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, Wash. (2009-02-02)
Missed diagnoses and drug errors make up bulk of primary care malpractice claims
Missed diagnoses -- particularly of cancer, heart attack, and meningitis -- and drug errors make up the bulk of malpractice claims brought against doctors in primary care, finds an analysis of published data in the online journal BMJ Open. (2013-07-18)
Doctors cut back hours when risk of malpractice suit rises, study shows
A new study shows doctors work 1.7 hours less per week when medical liability risk increases by 10 percent. (2010-01-28)
Better patient safety linked to fewer medical malpractice claims in California
Reducing the number of preventable patient injuries in California hospitals from 2001-2005 was associated with a corresponding drop in malpractice claims against physicians, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corporation. (2010-04-15)
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)
Tort reform reduces lawsuit risk; establishes framework for quality improvements
According to the authors of a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, implementation of comprehensive tort reform has been associated with a nearly 80 percent decrease in the prevalence of surgical malpractice lawsuits at one academic medical center. (2011-05-23)
Experts warn of misbehaving tooth fairy
Opinions of the tooth fairy as kind and giving may need to be revised following (2012-12-13)
Looming malpractice
The average physician will spend more than ten percent of his or her career facing an open malpractice claim. (2013-01-07)
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)
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)
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)
Bush's health care initiatives will make America's system worse
The health initiatives mentioned in US President George W Bush's annual State of the Union address are likely to make America's health care system even more expensive and inequitable, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2006-02-16)
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)
Malpractice suits cause psychological distress and career burnout among US surgeons
According to the results of a new study published in the November 2011 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, malpractice lawsuits against US surgeons occur often and can take a profound personal toll on the surgeon, resulting in emotional exhaustion, stress, and professional dissatisfaction. (2011-11-14)
$2 million grant funds study on the effects of malpractice risk, incentives on cardiac testing
Steven Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and health policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a two million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of malpractice risk and financial incentives on cardiac testing, which will inform ongoing state malpractice reforms and federal payment reform. (2014-09-10)
Vast majority of physicians practice 'defensive medicine,' according to physician survey
A survey by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers has found that 91 percent of physicians believe concerns over malpractice lawsuits result in (2010-06-28)
Electronic health records may lower malpractice settlements
Use of electronic health records may help reduce paid malpractice settlements for physicians. (2008-11-25)
Malpractice concerns may deter Florida medical students from entering obstetrics and gynecology
The medical malpractice climate in Florida is discouraging medical students from pursuing careers in obstetrics and gynecology -- a trend that could further reduce patients' access to obstetric care, a survey by the University of South Florida College of Medicine found. (2006-08-29)
Communication Skills Diminish Malpractice Risk
A JAMA study suggests that the most important reason patients with bad outcomes sue their doctors is not medical negligence but how their doctors talk to them. (1997-02-19)
Fear of liability risks patient care
The medical malpractice liability system may be preventing doctors from giving patients the best care, state the authors of a Review of medical liability in this week's Lancet. (2006-07-13)
Medical malpractice concerns lead to more breast biopsies
Some women may be undergoing unnecessary diagnostic imaging and breast biopsies because radiologists are worried about medical malpractice suits. (2005-06-28)
Informed consent does not seem to influence decision-making process for cataract surgery
Informing patients of the risks of cataract surgery as part of the informed consent procedure one day before surgery does not seem to influence patients' decisions to have the procedure, according to an article in the January issue of The Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2004-01-12)
Malpractice study -- Juries sympathize more with doctors
There's a common belief that juries frequently side with patients in lawsuits involving medical malpractice. (2007-04-10)
US still spends more on health care than any other country
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the United States continues to spend significantly more on health care than any country in the world. (2005-07-12)
Study identifies risk factors for refractive surgery malpractice lawsuits and claims
Refractive surgeons in high-volume surgery practices are more likely to face malpractice claims and lawsuits than their colleagues. (2003-10-23)
'Catastrophic' malpractice payouts add little to health care's rising costs
Efforts to lower health care costs in the United States have focused at times on demands to reform the medical malpractice system, with some researchers asserting that large, headline-grabbing and (2013-04-30)
Malpractice reform must focus on reducing patient injury, not just limiting awards
Reducing medical injury is essential to solving the current medical malpractice crisis, and physicians must play an active role in developing and implementing systems to improve patient safety--rather than just focusing on capping malpractice awards, say Stephen C. (2004-01-05)
New study documents defensive medicine practiced among emergency physicians fearing lawsuits
A new survey of emergency physicians finds those most concerned about lawsuits are more likely to admit patients with cardiac symptoms and to order more tests. (2005-07-13)
Study casts doubt on claims that the medical malpractice system is plagued by frivolous lawsuits
This study suggest that portraits of a malpractice system riddled with frivolous lawsuits are overblown. (2006-05-10)
Available physician characteristics may not help patients find high-quality care
Publicly available information about board certification, education and malpractice claims appear to provide consumers with little information about the quality of care individual physicians provide, according to a report in the Sept. (2010-09-13)
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)
Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Sept. 30, 2014
This is the Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Sept. (2014-09-29)
Medical standards in 21 states based on local rule, not national standards
Although most patients don't know it, 21 US states follow some form of an 1880 ruling that says the standard of care physicians must meet by law depends on where the doctor practices, even if, in some cases, it is a small town with only two doctors. (2007-06-19)
Diagnostic physicians at increased risk for medical malpractice claims due to communication failures
Because clinical evaluation often depends on diagnostic tests, diagnostic physicians have a responsibility to notify referring clinicians when test results reveal urgent or unexpected findings. (2011-11-01)
Cervical manipulation and risk of stroke
To estimate the rate of stroke following cervical manipulation by chiropractors, Paul Carey and colleagues examined data from malpractice claims for stroke filed with the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association from 1988 to 1997 and surveyed 10% of Canadian chiropractors to estimate the number of annual cervical manipulations. (2001-10-01)
Fear of lawsuits affects emergency physicians' heart care decisions
Emergency physicians who have the greatest fear of malpractice suits are more likely than their colleagues to admit and order tests for patients with chest pain or other heart symptoms, even if those patients are at low risk for actual problems, according to a study led by a University of Iowa researcher. (2005-07-13)
Practice of defensive medicine widespread among physicians in specialties at high risk of lawsuits
More than 90 percent of surveyed physicians in Pennsylvania reported defensive medicine practices such as over-ordering of diagnostic tests, unnecessary referrals and avoidance of high-risk patients, according to a study in the June 1 issue of JAMA. (2005-05-31)
Johns Hopkins malpractice study: Surgical 'never events' occur at least 4,000 times per year
After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week. (2012-12-19)
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