The report found that over the course of a career, most physicians will have been sued at least once. Given how many patients a doctor sees over a career, the frequency of malpractice claims is very low.
There are a few straightforward things that doctors and patients can do to reduce the risk of a malpractice suit:
- Doctors should give patients technically sound care.
- Doctors should provide care in a caring environment. Obtaining feedback from patients on their perceptions of their care helps in this task.
- Patients should make sure they get copies of any laboratory or pathology work that is done. That will help assure that nothing falls through the cracks.