A decade has passed since the Institutes of Medicine released “To Err is Human,” a groundbreaking report that brought attention to the problem of medical errors and launched the patient safety movement. Meanwhile, the high cost of insuring against malpractice claims continues to affect physicians in their practices.
Increasingly, patient safety and medical malpractice are being talked about in the same sentence. But the cause-effect relationship isn’t as simple as “medical errors cause malpractice cases.” In fact, many experts argue that the relationship is just as likely to be the other way around–that denying errors creates a culture in which they’re permitted to continue
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