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Annals of Surgery. 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; Luke Sato, MD; Keith D. Lillemoe, MD; Gerard M. Doherty, MD; James R. Kasser, MD; Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD; Atul A. Gawande, MD, MPH; and Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH. (Ann Surg. 2018 Mar 23. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002742. [Epub ahead of print])

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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.