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Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Sloan, FA; Whetten-Goldstein, K; Githens, PB; Entman, SS
Published in: Medical care
July 1995

Most major health reform proposals include reform of medical malpractice. A major objective of the current medical malpractice system is to improve quality of care. The authors examine the effect of variations in the threat of medical malpractice, measured by claims frequency and payments per exposure year, on various indicators of birth outcomes, fetal deaths, low Apgar score, death within 5 days of birth, infant death, and death or permanent impairment at 5 years of age. Data came from 2 sources: a Survey of Obstetrical Care of 963 women in Florida in 1992 who delivered 5 years previously; and a fetal death and a linked birth-death file obtained from Florida Vital Statistics for 1987. Among the outcomes considered, only fetal deaths decreased in response to an increased threat of being sued, and this relationship was only obtained from one of the data sets. Overall, no systematic improvement in birth outcomes in response to an increased threat of medical malpractice litigation was obtained.

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Medical care

DOI

EISSN

1537-1948

ISSN

0025-7079

Publication Date

July 1995

Volume

33

Issue

7

Start / End Page

700 / 714

Related Subject Headings

  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Pregnancy
  • Obstetrics
  • Malpractice
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant Mortality
  • Humans
  • Health Policy & Services
 

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Sloan, F. A., Whetten-Goldstein, K., Githens, P. B., & Entman, S. S. (1995). Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes. Medical Care, 33(7), 700–714. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005650-199507000-00006
Sloan, F. A., K. Whetten-Goldstein, P. B. Githens, and S. S. Entman. “Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes.Medical Care 33, no. 7 (July 1995): 700–714. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005650-199507000-00006.
Sloan FA, Whetten-Goldstein K, Githens PB, Entman SS. Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes. Medical care. 1995 Jul;33(7):700–14.
Sloan, F. A., et al. “Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes.Medical Care, vol. 33, no. 7, July 1995, pp. 700–14. Epmc, doi:10.1097/00005650-199507000-00006.
Sloan FA, Whetten-Goldstein K, Githens PB, Entman SS. Effects of the threat of medical malpractice litigation and other factors on birth outcomes. Medical care. 1995 Jul;33(7):700–714.

Published In

Medical care

DOI

EISSN

1537-1948

ISSN

0025-7079

Publication Date

July 1995

Volume

33

Issue

7

Start / End Page

700 / 714

Related Subject Headings

  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Pregnancy
  • Obstetrics
  • Malpractice
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant Mortality
  • Humans
  • Health Policy & Services