Fewer Preventable Events Equal Lower Medical Malpractice Claims, Says RAND

04.15.2010 - Tort Reform

If doctors want to reduce medical malpractice claims, they should strengthen efforts to prevent events within hospitals that cause patient harm.

That's the take-home message from a five-year analysis that compared the incidence of 17 types of patient harm, called patient safety indicators or PSIs, with the number of malpractice claims filed in each of 58 California counties for each year between 2001 and 2005.