Medical Professional Liability and the Delivery of Obstetrical Care [book]

On October 11, 1989, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences released the results of a two-year study investigating the effects of medical professional liability on the' delivery of obstetrical care.' This report, and its companion volume of supporting material, set forth the deliberations of an interdisciplinary committee of fourteen experts. To carry out its objectives, the committee commissioned more than twenty papers from distinguished specialists in various fields,
more » ... n various fields, commissioned three surveys to gather new data, and reviewed more than fifty state and national surveys. 2 As part of its data collection, the committee held an interdisciplinary symposium on June 20, 1988, at which seventeen scholars assessed the impact of professional liability issues on access to and delivery of obstetrical care in the United States. 3 As the chairman and the study director of the interdisciplinary committee, we evaluated the available data on professional liability in obstetrics, reflected on its implications, and are pleased to have this opportunity to share the committee's findings. This Article has two purposes: 1) to describe the findings and recommendations of the committee regarding the impact of professional liability in obstetrics; and 2) to offer personal reflections regard-
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