Book Chapter

Liability, Patient Safety, and Defensive Medicine What Does the Future Hold?

Troyen A Brennan, Michelle M Mello, David M Studdert

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

Approaches for dealing with medical injuries are developing quickly today. Publication of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) report, To Err Is Human,1 in 2000 unleashed a variety of innovative ideas, some of which have already prompted policy changes. But the field of patient safety is in its infancy and policy responses to the problem of medical errors remain in flux, suggesting that significant changes lie ahead in the way we address the challenge of reducing the number of patients injured by medical care. To help anticipate how these new policies may affect the medical profession and health care industry, it is critical to examine the recent medical malpractice “crisis.”2 The connections..

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