Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: As subspecialists (endocrinologists)
we have been informed by our malpractice insurer that curbside
consultations should not be rendered under any circumstances because of
the potential medicolegal burden. Did Dr Kuo and
colleagues1 take this admonition into account when they
interviewed the primary care physicians and medical subspecialists to
see what effect this might have on their responses? How many other
medical malpractice insurers impose such restrictions on their insured?
This would be an interesting area to explore and may have widespread
impact on this issue.
Block MB. Curbside Consultation and Malpractice Policies. JAMA. 1999;281(10):899. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-10-jac90000