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Medical malpractice in gastroenterology.
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Jun; 6(6):677-81.CG

Abstract

BACKGROUND & AIMS

Gastroenterologists commonly perceive themselves to be at increased legal risk because they perform invasive procedures. However, there is little published information about gastroenterology (GI) malpractice claims. The goal of this study was to evaluate available malpractice claim data within GI.

METHODS

This study was a database analysis of GI claims submitted by insurance companies to the Physician Insurers Association of America Data Sharing Project from January 1, 1985, to December 31, 2005. Another analysis from 2005 compared GI claims with other subspecialties.

RESULTS

Sixty-six percent of physicians involved in claims had previous claims experience. The most common reasons for claims were errors in diagnosis (28%) and improper performance of a procedure (25%). Seventy-two percent of reported closed claims were settled out of court. Of 12,367 total claims in 2005, only 233 (1.8%) were within GI. GI ranked below other procedurally based subspecialties in numbers of claims per physician.

CONCLUSIONS

GI does not rank highly among subspecialties in malpractice claims and only a minority of claims are procedure-related. Physicians with claims experience are likely to have further claims against them and should consider evaluating their practices.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18456572

Citation

Conklin, Laurie S., et al. "Medical Malpractice in Gastroenterology." Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology : the Official Clinical Practice Journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, vol. 6, no. 6, 2008, pp. 677-81.
Conklin LS, Bernstein C, Bartholomew L, et al. Medical malpractice in gastroenterology. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008;6(6):677-81.
Conklin, L. S., Bernstein, C., Bartholomew, L., & Oliva-Hemker, M. (2008). Medical malpractice in gastroenterology. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology : the Official Clinical Practice Journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, 6(6), 677-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2008.02.047
Conklin LS, et al. Medical Malpractice in Gastroenterology. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008;6(6):677-81. PubMed PMID: 18456572.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Medical malpractice in gastroenterology. AU - Conklin,Laurie S, AU - Bernstein,Catherine, AU - Bartholomew,Lori, AU - Oliva-Hemker,Maria, Y1 - 2008/05/05/ PY - 2008/5/6/pubmed PY - 2008/8/13/medline PY - 2008/5/6/entrez SP - 677 EP - 81 JF - Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association JO - Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol VL - 6 IS - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND & AIMS: Gastroenterologists commonly perceive themselves to be at increased legal risk because they perform invasive procedures. However, there is little published information about gastroenterology (GI) malpractice claims. The goal of this study was to evaluate available malpractice claim data within GI. METHODS: This study was a database analysis of GI claims submitted by insurance companies to the Physician Insurers Association of America Data Sharing Project from January 1, 1985, to December 31, 2005. Another analysis from 2005 compared GI claims with other subspecialties. RESULTS: Sixty-six percent of physicians involved in claims had previous claims experience. The most common reasons for claims were errors in diagnosis (28%) and improper performance of a procedure (25%). Seventy-two percent of reported closed claims were settled out of court. Of 12,367 total claims in 2005, only 233 (1.8%) were within GI. GI ranked below other procedurally based subspecialties in numbers of claims per physician. CONCLUSIONS: GI does not rank highly among subspecialties in malpractice claims and only a minority of claims are procedure-related. Physicians with claims experience are likely to have further claims against them and should consider evaluating their practices. SN - 1542-7714 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18456572/Medical_malpractice_in_gastroenterology_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1542-3565(08)00210-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -