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Research Letter
May 20, 2019

Rates of Advanced Imaging by Practice Peers After Malpractice Injury Reports in Florida, 2009-2013

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  • 1Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(8):1140-1141. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0163

The cumulative risk for physicians of facing a malpractice claim is high across all specialties.1 The perception of this risk may drive defensive medicine, including the use of diagnostic imaging.2 Certain events, such as injury reports against one’s practice peer, may increase the perception of this risk. It is unknown whether such reports, which are precursors to malpractice suits, are associated with greater subsequent use of diagnostic imaging.

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