Malpractice Data: Diagnostic Errors Biggest Cause of Patient Deaths

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:29 pm

Diagnostic errors comprised not only the biggest cause of patient deaths, but the largest number of lawsuits and related payouts as well, according to a study of cases from the National Practitioner Databank.

The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, concluded diagnostic errors were linked to the deaths of patients more than 40 percent of the time. Such errors also comprised nearly 29 percent of all medical Diagnostic-errorsmalpractice claims and more than 35 percent of total payouts.

The authors of the study, physicians from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, researched more than 350,000 medical malpractice claims between 1986 and 2010 to arrive at those numbers.

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Read the BMJ Quality and Safety article here.

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