Navigation Links
Doctors Still Fear Malpractice Lawsuits, U.S. Study Finds
Date:12/21/2010

TUESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that while doctors are fearful of being sued for malpractice, their worries are greater than their actual risk of landing in court.

"We found that both generalist and specialist physicians fear being sued for malpractice even in states where their risk of being sued is relatively low," senior study author Dr. David Katz, associate professor of medicine with University of Iowa Health Care, said in a university news release. "One likely explanation is that physicians' concerns about malpractice are driven more by their perception that the malpractice tort process is unfair and arbitrary and less by their actual risk of getting sued."

The investigators also found that legislation designed to get a handle on malpractice costs hasn't made physicians any less worried about being sued. And such reforms may not convince doctors to change their approach to so-called defensive medicine: being ultra-cautious in order to prevent litigation, perhaps by doing things like ordering unnecessary tests.

The study authors, who published their findings in a recent issue of the journal Health Affairs, surveyed doctors around the country. Physicians were very worried about malpractice regardless of their specialties or where they lived.

Even those in states with low levels of malpractice risk -- less than one-third of the risk in the higher-risk states -- were quite concerned that they might get sued. "The high levels of malpractice concern, even among physicians in relatively low-risk environments, is striking," Katz said. "One possible explanation is that most physicians do not have the information to accurately access their actual risk of being sued."

More information

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has details on how you can prevent medical errors.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of Iowa, news release, Dec. 15, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. True whole-body field view using PET/CT could allow doctors to more accurately manage cancer patients
2. Cough medicine could help doctors identify how breast cancer patients metabolize tamoxifen
3. Management science guru, surviving cancer, offers hope to fellow sufferers, doctors
4. Doctors Ordering Transfusions to Get Patients into Drug Trials
5. Doctors sense of mission, self-identity key in choice to work in underserved areas
6. Most Doctors Dont Follow Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
7. Not all doctors follow cancer screening guidelines
8. Doctors Health, Well-Being Affect Patient Counseling
9. Doctors need to help patients prepare better for health decisions
10. Study: Doctors overprescribe antibiotics for respiratory infections
11. Doctors Religious Beliefs Can Color Their Care of Terminally Ill
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctors Still Fear Malpractice Lawsuits, U.S. Study Finds
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Pharmacy Times , ... it was chosen as the Pharmaceutical News Provider of the Year in the ... the hard work and dedication of community members who strive to make the ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Bayco Products ... tactical (6.7 inch) dual-light flashlights in models NSP-9842XL and NSR-9844XL . , ... starting at $59.95) uses 2 included CR-123 batteries to produce up to 650 ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... AudioEducator is the ... In upcoming months, AudioEducator has lined up some informative training session for the ... give complete compliance know-how and practical, easy-to-apply advice. , On Thursday, May 19, ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Warren L. Smith M.D. , There is ... have plagued people since the beginning of recorded medical history, and in spite ... year. It's not just a matter of inconvenience; bladder infections cost us billions of ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Mediware Information Systems, ... software application that helps blood and marrow transplant (BMT) programs meet compliance and ... Mediware has continued to enhance core application features. These enhancements are designed to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is celebrating Hepatitis Awareness ... two patients who tell their personal story and encourage those at risk to get tested ... Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016 Intec ... a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of ... Regulatory Affairs. "Ms. Strauss-Levy has 15 years ... has established an outstanding track record, having supported the ... regulatory approval processes in the United States ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016 Kalorama Information noted ... Medical Records) market in a recent white paper.  The ... Increased physician usage, a growing market are among the ... in Kalorama,s report EMR 2016: The Market ... Kalorama,s seventh complete study of the EMR industry, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: