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Medical Malpractice in the Outpatient Setting

Medical Malpractice in the Outpatient Setting Primary Care Closed Claims Original Investigation Research Invited Commentary Through a Glass, Darkly David A. Hyman, MD, JD; William M. Sage, MD, JD Most people’s mental map of medical malpractice is hospital Why study outpatient malpractice claims? One reason is centric. Hospitals are where highly trained specialists pro- to shed light on how changes in health care delivery affect vide risky, technology-intensive treatments to patients with the frequency, severity, and nature of medical error. Schiff the most serious and complicated illnesses. Diagnostic and and colleagues do not have sufficient data to assess time therapeutic decisions must be trends, but one would expect an increase in malpractice coordinated to avoid disas- claims against primary care physicians, as well as against Related article page 2063 ter, but care is provided by an specialists who practice in advanced ambulatory settings ever-shifting array of physi- (and are an important category for future study). In recent cians, nurses, and other health care professionals. The possi- years, the hospital has been gradually displaced from the bility of things going catastrophically wrong is pervasive. When center of the health care delivery system—in part because a bad outcome occurs, the hospital is also the primary reposi- payers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Medical Malpractice in the Outpatient Setting

JAMA Internal Medicine , Volume 173 (22) – Dec 9, 2013

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9193
pmid
24081110
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Abstract

Primary Care Closed Claims Original Investigation Research Invited Commentary Through a Glass, Darkly David A. Hyman, MD, JD; William M. Sage, MD, JD Most people’s mental map of medical malpractice is hospital Why study outpatient malpractice claims? One reason is centric. Hospitals are where highly trained specialists pro- to shed light on how changes in health care delivery affect vide risky, technology-intensive treatments to patients with the frequency, severity, and nature of medical error. Schiff the most serious and complicated illnesses. Diagnostic and and colleagues do not have sufficient data to assess time therapeutic decisions must be trends, but one would expect an increase in malpractice coordinated to avoid disas- claims against primary care physicians, as well as against Related article page 2063 ter, but care is provided by an specialists who practice in advanced ambulatory settings ever-shifting array of physi- (and are an important category for future study). In recent cians, nurses, and other health care professionals. The possi- years, the hospital has been gradually displaced from the bility of things going catastrophically wrong is pervasive. When center of the health care delivery system—in part because a bad outcome occurs, the hospital is also the primary reposi- payers

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 9, 2013

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