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Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Physicians in the Intensive Care Unit: A Cohort Study

  • September 16, 2020

This cohort study, funded by CRICO and utilizing data from CRICO’s Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS), examined whether factors in malpractice claims within the ICU differed by physician specialty.


Leveraging CBS data from 2007-2016, malpractice claims where the harm event occurred in the ICU were analyzed according to the physician specialty of the “primary responsible provider,” which was the physician most responsible for the care of the patient.

Few differences were found between the frequency of physician specialties involved in malpractice cases where the harm event occurred in the ICU and those that occurred outside of the unit. This suggests that remedies for potential risks in the ICU may not have to be specialty-specific, and may focus more on reducing procedural risks.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Myers LC. Medical malpractice claims involving physicians in the intensive care unit: A cohort study. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. September 16, 2020. DOI:10.1177/0885066620957946

 

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