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April 9, 2008

Regulating Physician Expert Witness Testimony—Reply

JAMA. 2008;299(14):1667-1668. doi:10.1001/jama.299.14.1668

In Reply: The responses by Dr Larriviere and colleagues and Drs Hartz and Green to our Commentary provide useful insights from physicians and lawyers with direct experience in efforts to oversee the conduct of physicians who act as expert witnesses in medical malpractice litigation. The ultimate goal of any such oversight is promoting accurate, high-quality testimony. Sound expert testimony gives plaintiffs who have suffered injury due to negligent care the best chance of receiving appropriate compensation for their losses; it also helps guard against the possibility that defendants' conduct will be judged on the basis of faulty theories of causality or misrepresentations of the standard of care.

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