Medical Malpractice Claims in Radiation Oncology: A Population-Based Study 1985-2012

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Vol. 93, pages 241-50 (2015)

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 16-209

10 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016 Last revised: 22 Jan 2016

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Deborah Marshall

Department of University of California - Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences

Rinaa Punglia

Harvard Medical School

Dov Fox

University of San Diego: School of Law

Abram Recht

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Jona Hattangadi-Gluth

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences, University of California San Diego

Date Written: December 4, 2015

Abstract

The rationale for the medical malpractice liability system is to compensate patients injured due to negligent care and deter providers from practicing negligently. Limited evidence is available regarding experience with medical malpractice in radiation oncology. In this paper, we review characteristics and national trends in radiation oncology malpractice claims and their associated costs, and compare radiation oncology to other specialties. This study provides evidence that can be used to improve patient safety, minimize risk and influence policymaking relevant to radiation oncology.

Keywords: medical malpractice, radiation oncology

Suggested Citation

Marshall, Deborah and Punglia, Rinaa and Fox, Dov and Recht, Abram and Hattangadi-Gluth, Jona, Medical Malpractice Claims in Radiation Oncology: A Population-Based Study 1985-2012 (December 4, 2015). International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Vol. 93, pages 241-50 (2015); San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 16-209. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699365

Deborah Marshall

Department of University of California - Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences ( email )

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Rinaa Punglia

Harvard Medical School ( email )

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Dov Fox

University of San Diego: School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92110
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Abram Recht

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ( email )

450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.dfhcc.harvard.edu/insider/member-detail/member/abram-recht-md/

Jona Hattangadi-Gluth (Contact Author)

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences, University of California San Diego ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
MC 0507
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

HOME PAGE: http://doctors.ucsd.edu/Details/12198

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