The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2015
Study Reveals Orthopedists Can Partner with Patients to Reduce Risks
The Doctors Company analyzed 1,895 claims against orthopedists that closed from 2007–2014. Our study found that the top patient allegation—accounting for 46 percent of claims—was improper performance of surgery. However, this allegation was often made when the outcome of the procedure differed from the patient’s expectations.
Expert reviewers found that only a small percentage of patient injuries were due to substandard care. In a majority of these cases, the injury was a known risk disclosed to the patient prior to the procedure.
This finding highlights the importance of effective informed consent conversations that help patients fully understand the risks of the procedures they are undergoing.
Find additional closed claims analyses for anesthesia, cardiology, emergency medicine, and obstetrics at www.thedoctors.com/closedclaimsstudies.
To read the full study, examples of claims, and strategies and resources to reduce risks, visit www.thedoctors.com/orthopedicsstudy.