Arizona patients may benefit from learning more about a study that recently reviewed existing trends among medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers discovered that the majority of the settlements included various nondisclosure provisions, some which actually impose restrictions beyond the scope of improving health care for patients. The study involved reviewing settled malpractice cases from over 6,000 physicians. According to the researchers, there were nondisclosure clauses included in 90 percent of the final settlements.
The lead author of the study described the current health care system as being well-intentioned in attempts to be transparent and fair. He also noted that those operating within the constructs of the system only face a small risk of litigation. However, the researchers did observe a trend of behavior exhibiting secrecy and silence associated with medical errors. During the three increments of time totaling six years, there were 150 settlements made from the 715 claims in the University of Texas hospital system.