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Editor's Correspondence
January 26, 1998

Legal Lever for Improving Patient Care

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(2):191. doi:

I would like to address one issue in Feinstein's superb (that establishes my age) commentary.1 In the last paragraph he states that "the absence of better monitoring from within the health profession may allow the threat of lawyers . . . to become a patient's best protection against negligent errors."

A similar issue has arisen in connection with the failure of the educational message of the American Diabetes Association regarding glycemic control to penetrate into practice patterns.2,3 I commented that

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