Robert Graham Center releases study of medical errors based on malpractice cases

Robert Graham Center releases study of medical errors based on malpractice cases

Genevieve Ressel

The Robert Graham Center: Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, D.C., studied malpractice claims based on medical errors made by primary care physicians. The study covered 5,921 claims involving medical negligence that occurred between 1985 and 2000 in the United States and the United Kingdom. Of those claims, 68 percent involved negligent events in outpatient settings and resulted in more than 1,200 deaths. The most prominent medical conditions associated with negligent, adverse events were acute myocardial infarction, lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. The study, “Learning from Malpractice Claims About Negligent, Adverse Events in Primary Care in the United States,” was published in the April edition of Quality and Safety in Health Care.

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