Does litigation increase or decrease health care quality?: a national study of negligence claims against nursing homes.

@article{Stevenson2013DoesLI,
  title={Does litigation increase or decrease health care quality?: a national study of negligence claims against nursing homes.},
  author={David G. Stevenson and Matthew J. Spittal and David M. Studdert},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2013},
  volume={51 5},
  pages={430-6}
}
BACKGROUND The tort system is supposed to help improve the quality and safety of health care, but whether it actually does so is controversial. Most previous studies modeling the effect of negligence litigation on quality of care are ecologic. OBJECTIVE To assess whether the experience of being sued and incurring litigation costs affects the quality of care subsequently delivered in nursing homes. RESEARCH DESIGN, SUBJECTS, MEASURES We linked information on 6471 negligence claims brought… CONTINUE READING
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