According to study conducted featured in the New England Journal of Medicine,
doctors with previous
medical malpractice claims are much more likely to have another claim filed against them in
the future. Researchers from Stanford University discovered that from
2005 to 2014, 32% of all medical malpractice claims were connected to
only 1% of doctors. Among physicians with paid claims, 84% only incurred
one claim during the study period while 16% had at least two claims. Only
4% of doctors had three or more claims brought against them.
Further analysis revealed that doctors with previous claims brought against
them had a much higher chance of incurring future claims. When compared
to doctors with only one claim, doctors with three or more claims had
more than three times the risk of incurring a subsequent claim within
a period of two years. Physicians in certain fields also ran a higher
risk of incurring a malpractice claims. For example, the likelihood of
a neurosurgeon incurring a malpractice claim was shown to be nearly four
times greater than that of a psychiatrist.
This data provides invaluable insight into the healthcare industry and
can help guide efforts towards improved quality of care. By identifying
and providing the public with information about claim-prone physicians,
people can choose their health professionals with greater confidence and
hopefully run into less medical mishaps.
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