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Team Approach to Care in Labor and Delivery


Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181899ac2
How to Prevent a Malpractice Suit

Changing to a teamwork culture in labor and delivery requires a real commitment. The skills involved can be taught to all healthcare providers. The benefits of a teamwork culture may include improved patient outcomes, less medical errors, and improved patient and staff satisfaction. Malpractice claim reduction may possibly occur through these improved outcomes and better communication with our patients.

Author Information

Departments of *Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston, Massachusetts

Correspondence: Susan Mann, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. E-mail:

Disclosure: Both authors work with Harvard's Risk Management Foundation developing programs in quality assurance and team training that are provided through a limited liability company, of which they are part owners.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.