Monday, May 6, 2013

NYT: Why Doctors Are Sued

Nicholas Bakalar, April 29, 2013

What kind of medical error accounts for most malpractice payments: Surgical mistakes? Overdoses? Obstetric errors?

No, no and no. The most common cause of paid claims for malpractice is making errors in diagnosis.

Using the National Practitioner Data Bank, which records actions taken by state licensing authorities against health care practitioners, researchers found that 28.6 percent of malpractice payments are for diagnostic mistakes.

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