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March 1, 2022 Frequency and Nature of Communication and Handoff Failures in Medical Malpractice Claims

Using Candello data, this study examines the characteristics of malpractice claims which miscommunications.

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March 1, 2022 Improving Patient Handoffs Helps Reduce Malpractice Claims

Healthcare Risk Management reports on a large study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital in which researchers reviewed 498 medical malpractice claims provided by Candello, CRICO’s national medical malpractice collaborative. The work revealed a direct relationship between the quality of patient handoffs and claims.

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January 5, 2022 To Measure and Reduce Diagnostic Error, Start With the Data You Have

This article, published by the Michigan State Medical Society, provides insight into how CRICO's diagnostic process of care framework, using medical malpractice claims data, can be used to reduce diagnostic errors.

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Eleven-Year Descriptive Analysis of Closed Court Verdicts on Medical Errors in Spain and Massachusetts

  • August 29, 2016

This study used CRICO closed court verdicts to evaluate and compare the characteristics of court verdicts on medical errors allegedly harming patients in Spain and Massachusetts from 2002 to 2012.


The study reveals wide differences in litigation rates and the award of indemnity payments in Spain and Massachusetts; however, common features of both locations are the high rates of diagnosis-related problems and the long time interval until resolution.

Luke Sato, senior vice president and chief medical officer for CRICO; and Kathy Dwyer, senior program director of CRICO’s Patient Safety Department, were among the study’s collaborating authors.

 

Study Citation

Giraldo P, Sato L, Martínez-Sánchez JM, Comas M, Dwyer K, Sala M, Castells X. Eleven-year descriptive analysis of closed court verdicts on medical errors in Spain and Massachusetts. BMJ Open. 2016;6(8):e011644. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011644.