The Effect of Clinical Volume on Annual and Per-Patient Encounter Medical Malpractice Claims Risk

  • March 23, 2020

This CRICO-authored study examines how the annual and per-patient encounter medical malpractice claims risk varies with clinical volume.

The study demonstrated the importance of clinical volume as a determinant of medical malpractice claims risk. Also, the results showed that “As clinical volume increased, the percent of physicians with a malpractice claim increased linearly.”

The authors concluded, “Clinical volume is a crucial determinant of physician malpractice risk, with higher-volume physicians having higher annual risk but lower per-encounter risk.”Also, they said, “Clinical volume data should be incorporated into analyses of malpractice risk.”


Citation for the Full-text Article

Schaffer AC, Babayan A, Yu-Moe CW, Sato L, Einbinder JS. The effect of clinical volume on annual and per-patient encounter medical malpractice claims risk [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 23]. Journal of Patient Safety. 2020;10.1097/PTS.0000000000000706. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000706