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VOLUME 51 | NUMBER 6 | DECEMBER 2016


Building a National Surveillance System for Malpractice Claims

Surveillance is a fundamental tool of public health. The systematic tracking and analysis of patterns of disease have facilitated innumerable interventions to improve population health, and health officials have worked hard to create systems to enable them to access and use such information while appropriately protecting people's privacy. Unfortunately, this commitment to surveillance has not yet permeated another important area of health policy: medical malpractice. The lack of a comprehensive, nationwide surveillance system for malpractice claims is a missed opportunity to improve patient safety and better understand the performance of the medical liability system.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hesr.2016.51.issue-S3/issuetoc

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