Press Release: ‘Vast Majority’ of Neurosurgeons Practice Defensive Medicine

‘Vast Majority’ of Neurosurgeons Practice Defensive Medicine

Extra Tests and Procedures More Likely in State with Higher Liability Risk, Reports Study in Neurosurgery 

January 30, 2015 – More than three-fourths of US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine—performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, reports a special article in the February issue of Neurosurgeryofficial journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer.

The rates and costs of defensive medicine by neurosurgeons are especially high in states with high-risk liability environments. “Although ordering extra laboratory tests, imaging studies, etc. was prevalent everywhere, it was even more so in high-risk states,” according to the survey study by Dr. Timothy R. Smith of Northwestern University, Chicago, and colleagues.

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