Medical Malpractice Claims in Radiation Oncology: A Population-Based Study 1985-2012
International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Vol. 93, pages 241-50 (2015)
10 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016 Last revised: 22 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 4, 2015
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
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