Background paper on hospital experience with apology after medical errors and the reduction in medical malpractice claims

Early evidence suggests that hospitals that have started to implement policies of disclosure and apology in the aftermath of medical errors are experiencing reductions in malpractice claims and malpractice premiums. The University of Michigan Health System, for example, has implemented disclosure and apology and has had a 60 percent decline in malpractice claims from 2001 to 2005. Its litigation costs have declined by 50 percent. Approximately ten hospitals and large systems will present their experiences at a meeting in fall 2006 at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston. This contract provides support for the writing of a paper that will document the experience of these early adopter hospitals. The paper will serve as a background document for a larger meeting of several hundred hospitals in December 2006 at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement annual forum in Orlando.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $10,326.00

Awarded on: 9/11/2006

Time frame: 9/1/2006 - 6/30/2007

Grant Number: 58785


Eve Shapiro Medical Writing

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Eve Shapiro
Project Director