Navigation Links
Safer Patients Mean Fewer Malpractice Suits
Date:4/15/2010

A drop in preventable injuries in California hospitals is linked to a decrease in patient lawsuits, study finds

THURSDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- A decrease in preventable patient injuries in California hospitals from 2001 to 2005 coincided with a drop in malpractice suits against doctors, a new study has found.

"These findings suggest that putting a greater focus on improving safety performance in health care settings could benefit medical providers as well as patients," lead author Michael Greenberg, a behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation, said in a news release. Rand is a nonprofit research organization. The study was released April 15 on the group's Web site.

The researchers analyzed 2001-05 data and found that there were about 365,000 adverse events among patients, such as post-surgical problems and hospital-acquired infections, and about 27,000 malpractice suits in California during that time.

The study found a significant association between the annual number of safety lapses that put patients at risk in each county and the number of malpractice claims. A model created by the researchers showed that a county with 10 fewer adverse events in a year would have 3.7 fewer malpractice claims during that year.

Counties in the state also showed considerable variation in both the frequency of the safety lapses and of malpractice claims.

The study is the first to show a connection between improved performance on 20 well-established indicators of patient safety and fewer malpractice claims, according to the researchers.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about patient safety.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: RAND Corporation, news release, April 15, 2010


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

Related medicine news :

1. New York Personal Injury Attorney Interprets Increase in Tickets for Cyclists as Effort to Make Streets Safer
2. Stitching Wounds May Be Safer Than Stapling
3. Why do physicians order costly CTs? Ultrasound yields better diagnosis, safer, less costly
4. Electronic Health Information Leader Says Physician Practice Redesign is Vital Next Step Towards Safer, More Effective Care Delivery
5. Father Channels His Grief into Advocacy, Promotes Simple Actions to Make Hospitals Safer for Children
6. Medical Nurse Training, Inc and SaferFalls.com Announce New Products/Technologies to Save Lives in Healthcare Facilities and for Senior Home Care.
7. Professor: No Doubt Electronic Cigarettes Safer than Cigarettes
8. This Holiday Season Give Your Children the Gift that Saves Lives: Safer Sex
9. EAT CLEANER Brand Becomes a Trusted Partner of Healthy Child Healthy World Making Food Safer for Families
10. Medical Travel Quality Alliance to Certify Medical Tourism Agents for Safer, Quality Health Care for Traveling International Patients
11. Water Pipes No Safer Than Cigarettes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... WestHarbor Growth Partners, ... today the release of Grow Healthy Vending’s newly revamped brand campaign. Grow ... growing healthy vending providers in North America with locations across the United States ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... East Los Angeles ... Currently, patients can visit Dr. Assili to receive any dental extraction treatment for $40 ... it expires June 30, 2016. With the lower price, patients can more easily afford ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... Further establishing itself ... announce that the new WHIMZEES Variety Value Boxes were selected from over 1,000 entrants ... Showcase Award. , WHIMZEES natural dental chews for dogs are a favorite product ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Visceral fat, also known ... the kidneys, liver and pancreas. If not properly addressed, visceral fat can lead ... Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, warns against the dangers of visceral ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... According to an American Psychological ... girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. Of those who survive, many ... story and others. , In her new book, Lyah! Lyah! Pants on Fyah!, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... report to their offering.      (Logo: ... plastic surgery products market is expected to grow at ... ,The growing adoption of laser in aesthetics is another ... Lasers are used to treat a broad range of ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 ... consumer insights on healthcare, announced today that it has ... report Cool Vendor in Life Sciences, 2016, ... 15, 2016.  The report focuses on life-science- oriented analytics, ... insight from patients and doctors, confirm medication ingestion, and ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016   Acsis , a leading ... leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC has ... IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Software 2016 ... provides an assessment of the capabilities and business strategies ... software market. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160427/360791LOGO ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: