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Published in Annals of Surgery: March 23, 2018

doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002742

Multisource Evaluation of Surgeon Behavior is Associated with Malpractice Claims
Lagoo, Janaka, MD; Berry, William, R., MD, MPH, MPA; Miller, Kate, PhD, MPH; Neal, Brandon, J., MPH; Sato, Luke, MD; Lillemoe, Keith, D., MD; Doherty, Gerard, M., MD; Kasser, James, R., MD; Chaikof, Elliot, L., MD, PhD; Gawande, Atul, A., MD, MPH; Haynes, Alex, B., MD, MPH

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From the Abstract:

ConclusionSurgeon behavior, as assessed by 360-degree review, is associated with malpractice claims. These findings highlight the importance of teamwork and communication in exposure to malpractice. Although the nature of malpractice claims is complex and multifactorial, the identification and modification of negative physician behaviors may mitigate malpractice risk and ultimately result in the improved quality of patient care.