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Malpractice and Obstetric Practice: The Correlation of Malpractice Premiums to Rates of Vaginal and Cesarean Delivery

Johnson, C.T.; Choubey, V.; Satin, A.J.; Werner, E.F.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000512002.91269.45
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(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016;545–546)

Malpractice lawsuits can influence patient care, since the burden of professional liability could change the way physicians decide to manage care. Already, liability suits have caused 22% of providers to reduce their patient volume when it comes to high-risk obstetric cases, 14% to discontinue their obstetric practice altogether, and 9% to reduce all obstetric patient volume. Considering this correlation, the authors of this paper attempted to determine how the phenomenon of professional liability might impact the rate of cesarean delivery.

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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