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Most Doctors Will Face Malpractice Claims During Their Careers
Date:8/17/2011

t reduce the frequency of awards," Chandra said. "It's a badge of professional solidarity that doctors band around caps, but I think that's completely the wrong approach."

Both experts agreed that cultural expectations need to change for true reform to happen in the malpractice system.

"We have to learn to accept that a bad outcome isn't always caused by a doctor," Bhattacharya said. "I don't see a quick fix for this."

"I think the study is very interesting," he added. "It says all kinds of things about how well our medical system is running, how patients respond to failed medicine and how well doctors respond to not being trusted. It's better than any data I've seen in a long time on this topic."

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For more on medical malpractice, go to Northwestern University.

SOURCES: Amitabh Chandra, Ph.D., professor, public policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.; Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, medicine, and core faculty member, Stanford Health Policy, Palo Alto, Calif.; Aug. 18, 2011, New England Journal of Medicine


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