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January 28, 2020

Malpractice Liability and Quality of Care: Clear Answer, Remaining Questions

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Law and Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2School of Law and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2020;323(4):315-317. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.22530

In this issue of JAMA, Mello and colleagues1 report findings from a review of 37 studies and conclude that increased liability exposure (such as numbers of malpractice claims, dollar amounts of liability insurance premiums, or changes to state malpractice laws) was not associated with improvement in the quality of patient care. Their review draws effectively from databases of peer-reviewed medical literature, economics scholarship, and legal publications, and presents a thorough, necessary, and rigorous analysis of recent research.