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Special Issue: Progress at the Intersection of Patient Safety and Medical Liability.

Battles JB; Reback KA; Azam I; Boothman RC; Burstein PD; Zalenski DM; Edwards JL; Rafi IZ; Darden JF; Firneno C; Santos P; Ottosen MJ; Aigbe A; Sedlock EW; Bell SK; Thomas EJ; Etchegaray JM; Bergstedt B; Chappelle AM; Ottosen MJ; Farrell ML; Karson H; Armstrong SJ; Maldon JT; Mello MM; Cullen BF; Helmchen LA; Lambert BL; McDonald TB; Centomani NM; Smith KM; Bhaumik DK; Jalundhwala YJ; Studdert DM; Greenberg Y; McCotter PI; Gallagher TH; Senecal SK; Cohn JS; Ridgely MS; Greenberg MD; Pillen MB; Bell J; Riley W; Begun JW; Miller KK; Connolly K; Price R; Muri JH; McCullough M; Davis S; Meredith LW; McCullough M; Sage WM; Harding MC; Schiff GD; Reyes Nieva H; Griswold P; Leydon N; Ling J; Biondolillo M; Singer SJ.
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Medical liability reform has been a subject of considerable debate. This special issue includes numerous articles exploring topics related to medical liability and patient safety. One study examined whether health care organizations and malpractice insurers could collaborate to implement a communication and resolution program to improve health care quality. Another article described how efforts to reduce perinatal harm, largely through standardization of best practices and implementation of team training, led to a reduction in malpractice claims. An observational study showcased how implementation of AHRQ's Communication and Optimal Resolution toolkit (CANDOR) at a single health system was associated with improved identification of safety issues and a decline in malpractice claims. Concluding editorials highlight lessons learned from an AHRQ-funded multifaceted intervention to mitigate risk in ambulatory care and make the case for creating a national surveillance system for malpractice claims.