Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Walter and colleagues1 derived a prognostic index for 1-year mortality
in older adults after hospitalization. The authors indicate that their instrument
may have utility in the measurement of risk assessment as various institutions
or caregivers are compared during quality measurement activities. In their
Editorial, Drs Redelmeier and Lustig offer some constructive criticism and
doubts.2 However, neither Walter et al nor
Redelmeier and Lustig discussed whether such an instrument might be used to
mitigate malpractice claims for wrongful death in frail elderly persons at
high risk for death, regardless of the quality of care they received.
Smith DA. Use of Prognostic Indexes for Determining Malpractice Liability. JAMA. 2001;286(14):1712–1713. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.286.14.1709
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