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Perspectives on Safety > Interview
High-Risk Physicians and Disruptive Behaviors, December 2009
Gerald B. Hickson, MD, is one of the world's leading experts on physician behavior and its connection to clinical outcomes and medical malpractice. He is a Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he is also the Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, and Director of Clinical Risk and Loss Prevention. We asked him to speak with us about high-risk physicians and malpractice.
Poll: Many Sick Americans Experience Significant Financial Problems and Report Their Care is not Well-Managed.
Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and the Harvard School of Public Health. May 21, 2012.
This report describes findings from a poll that investigated how cost of care and health insurance affect patients' experiences of health care quality and safety in the United States.
Journal Article > Study
Studdert DM, Bismark MM, Mello MM, Singh H, Spittal MJ. N Engl J Med. 2016;374:354-362.
A growing body of research has begun to assess the role of individual clinicians in patient safety, seeking to identify clinicians whose patients are at elevated risk of adverse events. Examining data on paid malpractice claims from the National Practitioner Data Bank over a 10-year period, this study found that 1% of physicians accounted for 32% of paid claims. Moreover, recidivism was common, in that practitioners with more than 3 claims had a 24% risk of another claim within the next 2 years. As in prior studies of malpractice data, surgeons and obstetricians were more likely to have paid a claim than internists. The pattern of a relatively small number of physicians incurring repeated claims, which mirrors data from studies of patient complaints, implies that it may be possible to identify clinicians who are at high risk of subsequent malpractice claims or patient complaints. The issues around such high-risk physicians are discussed in a previous WebM&M perspective.