The Medical Liability System: Essential Information for the Hospitalist

Adam C. Schaffer, Allen Kachalia

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The primary public policy goals of the medical malpractice system are to compensate patients who have been harmed by negligent medical care and to deter providers from delivering substandard care. Several issues may pose specific liability risks to hospitalists, although at present these concerns are based on theoretical considerations, and not yet proven by data. Nevertheless, maintaining a strong physician patient relationship, by paying attention to patients' concerns and clearly communicating with patients, is an important way to help reduce malpractice risk. Hospitalists should involve risk management and patient safety early when concerned about an error or patient injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e276-e287
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hospitalists
  • Legal system
  • Medical malpractice
  • Professional liability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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