Missed Diagnosis Common Source of Malpractice Claims Against PCPs

More PCPs were part of lawsuits that named multiple parties (34%) than suits that named a individual practitioners (11%). Failure to make a proper diagnosis (41%) was the most common claim in malpractice suits against PCPs, followed by poor outcome/disease progression (26%), complications from treatment/surgery (17%), wrongful death (16%), and failure to treat/delayed treatment (16%)…mdedge.com, Marcus A. Banks, Feb 2022

 

More than 9 in 10 PCPs (91%) reported being “very surprised” or “somewhat surprised” to having been part of a malpractice suit and reported being upset and anxious.

 

The largest proportions of cases were settled before trial (35%) or were dismissed within a few months of lawsuit filing (16%).

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