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Patient safety and medical malpractice: a case study.

Brennan TA, Mello MM. Patient safety and medical malpractice: a case study. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(4):267-73.

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March 6, 2005
Brennan TA, Mello MM. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:267-73.

This case study discusses the ongoing challenges in balancing patient safety with the system of tort liability for medical malpractice. A defendant-physician and her attorney share their perspectives through the presentation of a specific case, revealing the tension between malpractice claims and patient safety initiatives. The authors propose targeted reforms that may create a more effective system, while suggesting incentives to improve safety and quality. This article is part of a special collection entitled “Quality Grand Rounds,” a series of articles published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that explores a range of quality issues and medical errors.

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Brennan TA, Mello MM. Patient safety and medical malpractice: a case study. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(4):267-73.