Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Some Physicians Prone to Medical Malpractice ClaimsApril 18, 2016
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article which examined the prevalence of physicians who are prone to medical malpractice claims. Identifying these physicians at an early stage can help improve the level of care and potentially prevent this pattern from continuing.
Researchers analyzed 66,426 claims paid against 54,099 physicians from 2005 through 2014, using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank. By implementing targeted calculations and multivariable recurrent-event survival analysis, they were able to identify specific characteristics of physicians who demonstrated a pattern of recurrent claims.
Results at a Glance
Authors of the study found that, over a 10-year period, physicians that possessed distinctive characteristics were responsible for a significant number of malpractice claims. Results from the study include the following:
- Approximately one percent of physicians studied accounted for 32% of paid claims.
- Of the physicians with paid claims, 84% incurred one claim during the study period, 16% had at least two, and four percent had at least three.
- The risk of recurrence increased with the number of previous claims.
- The risk of recurrence among neurosurgeons was four times greater than that of psychiatrists. In general, the risk of recurrence varied by specialty.
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