February 4, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging. By Rebekah Moan
The perceived threat of medical malpractice claims makes a bigger impression on radiologists than the actual risk of litigation warrants. Dr. John F. Dick III, an internist in the department of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, and colleagues identified that misconception among other radiologist opinions about medical malpractice risk in an article appearing in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (2009;192:327-333). Surveys forming the basis of their report were mailed in 2006 to 118 radiologists who participated in any one of three registries associated with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium in Colorado, New Hampshire, and western Washington. The response rate was 71%. Findings were compared with results from a 2002 mail survey that went to 181 radiologists and generated a 77% response rate (139/181).
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