• Commentary

Changing the medical malpractice system to align with what we know about patient safety and quality improvement.

Although medical malpractice law is intended to deter negligence among health care providers and promote quality health care, it can result in defensive medicine. This commentary provides three recommendations to change the malpractice system: enhance awareness of medical error as a learning opportunity, build physician support systems, and reform the malpractice process to align with patient safety goals.

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