Journal article

Why do surgeons receive more complaints than their physician peers?

Holly M Tibble, Nigel S Broughton, David M Studdert, Matthew J Spittal, Nicola Hill, Jennifer M Morris, Marie M Bismark

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Compared with other doctors, surgeons are at an increased risk of medicolegal events, including patient complaints and negligence claims. This retrospective study aimed to describe the frequency and nature of complaints involving surgeons compared with physicians. METHODS: We assembled a national data set of complaints about surgeons and physicians lodged with medical regulators in Australia from 2011 to 2016. We classified the complaints into 19 issues across four domains: treatment and procedures, other performance, professional conduct and health. We assessed differences in complaint risk using incidence rate ratios (IRRs). Finally, we used a multivariate model to identify pre..

View full abstract