Most Doctors Will Face Malpractice Suit, AMA Says

Also, the survey found that practice owners and those who work in single-specialty group practices were more likely to be sued than doctors who work in hospitals and multi-specialty group practices, largely because they work in liability claims-heavy specialities. Ob/Gyns are a special case, however: they do tend to practice in solo or single-specialty practices, but unlike other specialties who get sued the most often, the work Ob/Gyns usually are sued over -- childbirth -- is done in the hospital.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently awarded $25 million in funding for programs to improve patient safety and lessen the number of malpractice lawsuits filed. The awards include three-year grants of up to $3 million to states and health systems for implementation and evaluation of patient safety and medical liability demonstrations, as well as one-year planning grants of up to $300,000.

The survey was funded by the AMA and more than 40 national medical specialty associations.

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