Physicians’ Top Risk Tips Highlight Patient Safety Awareness Week

Most Popular Recommendations Focus on Reducing Diagnostic Errors

Napa, California—March 3, 2014—In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014, The Doctors Company provided a list of the most popular risk tips accessed by physicians.

Missed or delayed diagnosis is the number one reason for malpractice suits, according to data from The Doctors Company. The following risk tips, based on the most in-demand articles on the company’s website in 2013, all suggest ways physicians can reduce the chance of diagnostic error:

“We strongly support the focus of Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 to develop and disseminate educational materials for clinicians, health systems, patients, and consumers to prevent wrong, delayed, or missed diagnoses,” said Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for The Doctors Company. “This effort by the National Patient Safety Foundation goes hand-in-hand with our mission to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine.”

As the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer and the industry leader in patient safety, The Doctors Company provides physicians with tips, articles, and studies of its closed claims data to help reduce risks and promote patient safety. For more patient safety articles and practice tips, visit www.thedoctors.com/patientsafety. For more information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, visit www.npsf.org/psaw.

About The Doctors Company
Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine. The Doctors Company is the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with 74,000 members and $4 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.

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About the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the healthcare community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and healthcare workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on NPSF, visit www.npsf.org.

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