Missed Diagnoses, Drug Errors Are Major Cause of Malpractice Suits

(HealthDay News) — Most malpractice claims against primary care doctors are the result of drug errors and missed diagnoses, particularly of cancer, heart attack and meningitis, a new review finds.

Researchers analyzed 34 studies published over the past two years, including 15 studies based in the United States.

In the United States, primary care doctors accounted for between 7.6 percent and 16 percent of all malpractice claims, according to the study published online July 18 in the journal BMJ Open. The number of claims brought against U.S. primary care doctors has remained fairly stable over the past two decades.  read more…

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