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Does Standardization of Care Through Clinical Guidelines Improve Outcomes and Reduce Medical Liability?

Kirkpatrick, Douglas H. MD; Burkman, Ronald T. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181f97c62
Medical Liability in Ob and Gyn
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Standardization of care improves patient outcomes, which also should translate into a reduction in medical–legal exposure.

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado Health Sciences, Center, Lakewood, Colorado; and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.

The authors thank Dr. John Wachtel from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, for assistance in identifying sources of information.

Corresponding author: Ronald T. Burkman, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199; e-mail: Ronald.burkman@baystatehealth.org.

Financial Disclosure Dr. Kirkpatrick is employed by Red Rocks OB/GYN. The other author did not disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2010 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.