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Do malpractice claims change physician practice patterns?

from Medical Bag

A recent study reported that approximately 9 of 10 U.S. physicians practice defensive medicine to avoid malpractice claims, which cost the United States an estimated $56 billion per year. However, it is not clear whether being named in a malpractice claim has a considerable effect on a physician's practice patterns. A study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine attempted to identify changes in the practice patterns of emergency department physicians after being named in a malpractice claim. more


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