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Lawsuit Fears Hinder Physician Adoption of Medical Innovations, Survey Finds
Date:5/19/2010

According to a new national survey on defensive medicine by Jackson Healthcare, the threat of a lawsuit causes many physicians to delay the adoption of medical innovations.

Atlanta, GA (Vocus) May 19, 2010 -- According to a new national survey on defensive medicine by Jackson Healthcare, the threat of a lawsuit causes many physicians to delay the adoption of medical innovations. More than half (53%) of survey respondents reported they had delayed adopting medical innovations such as new pharmaceuticals, procedures and medical devices due to fear of litigation.

According to the survey, surgery subspecialists (66%) and OB/GYNs (63%) are most likely to delay the adoption of medical innovations, while pediatricians (27%) are least likely.

“I practice defensive medicine by avoiding the practice of those procedures which might benefit my patients, but are considered too risky by my malpractice insurer and would increase my premiums to a degree that is prohibitive,” wrote one physician, who cited joint injections as an example.

Another physician wrote, “...anything ‘new’ exposes you to the accusation that you are ‘learning’ on this patient…”

“Delayed adoption of new medical advancements is another serious cons
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