Defensive medicine in neurosurgery: does state-level liability risk matter?

  title={Defensive medicine in neurosurgery: does state-level liability risk matter?},
  author={Timothy R. S. Smith and Ali Habib and Joshua M. Rosenow and Brian Vala Nahed and Maya A Babu and George R Cybulski and Richard G. Fessler and H. Hunt Batjer and Robert F. Heary},
  volume={76 2},
  pages={105-13; discussion 113-4}
BACKGROUND Defensive medicine is prevalent among US neurosurgeons due to the high risk of malpractice claims. This study provides national estimates of US neurosurgeons' defensive behaviors and perceptions. OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship of defensive medicine-both "assurance" behaviors and "avoidance" behaviors-to the liability environment. METHODS A 51-question online survey was sent to 3344 US neurosurgeon members of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS). The survey… CONTINUE READING
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