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Research Letter |

Characteristics of Medical Professional Liability Claims Against Internists

Sandeep S. Mangalmurti, MD, JD1; John Gordon Harold, MD2; Parul Divya Parikh, MPH3; Frank T. Flannery, MD, JD4; William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA5
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1Bassett Heart Care Institute, Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, New York
2Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
3PIAA, Rockville, Maryland
4Center for Legal Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
5American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):993-995. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1116.
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Medical professional liability (MPL) claims are a major concern for internists and may influence clinical practice.1 Greater awareness of the details and outcomes of these lawsuits, including claims paid, may inform clinical decisions and risk management. Accordingly, we examined a unique registry of nearly 250 000 closed cases to better characterize the medical liability landscape.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Sandeep S. Mangalmurti, MD, JD, Bassett Heart Care Institute, Bassett Medical Center, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (sandeep.mangalmurti@bassett.org).

Published Online: April 28, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1116.

Author Contributions: Drs Mangalmurti and Oetgen had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Study concept and design: Mangalmurti, Harold, Flannery, Oetgen.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Harold, Parikh.

Drafting of the manuscript: Mangalmurti, Harold, Oetgen.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Harold, Parikh, Flannery, Oetgen.

Statistical analysis: Parikh.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Flannery, Oetgen.

Study supervision: Mangalmurti, Harold, Flannery, Oetgen.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the military services or the Department of Defense.

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