Friday, November 12, 2004
The AP reports that many medical schools are training their doctors to say, "I'm sorry" as a means to reduce medical malpractice lawsuits. A recent study of the hospitals in the University of Michigan Health System, which has encouraged such apologies since 2002, finds that the annual attorney fees have dropped by $2 million dollars and that malpractice lawsuits and intent to sue notice have declined from 262 filed in 2001 to approximately 130 per year.
The entire article is interesting and provides hope for a way to decrease medical malpractice lawsuits without adopting a variety of medical malpractice reforms which don't appear to be doing much to improve the quality of care or decreasing medical malpractice costs. More information about this apology campaign can be found at Salon.com, which is a subscription service.
Salon.com, a subscription service, also provides some more details on this study. If you are a subscriber, you might want to check it out.