Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Hickson and colleagues1 present evidence that patient dissatisfaction can
lead to lawsuits. However, this study is flawed because it did not consider
that some physicians are quick to identify and eliminate from their practices
those patients who they think have a low threshold for starting lawsuits.
For example, some physicians with few patient complaints may have simply minimized
their exposure and subsequently minimized their risk of being sued.
Volpintesta E. Patient Complaints and Risk of Being Sued. JAMA. 2002;288(13):1585-1586. doi:10.1001/jama.288.13.1585