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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Another medical malpractice crisis?: Try something different.

Sage WM, Boothman RC, Gallagher TH. JAMA. 2020;Epub Sept 17.

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated numerous concerns in the healthcare industry, one of which is the potential for significant malpractice claims. This article discusses the possibility of a medical malpractice crisis in response to poor outcomes associated with COVID-19 and suggests that the industry follow an alternate path away from tort reform and legal actions. Alternatives such as communication and resolution programs can focus on patient safety principles such as transparency, redesign of systems to reduce adverse events, and patient and family support that could prevent traditional legal actions.