Trends in Medical Liability Coverage for Orthopaedic Surgeons

Fellowship survey finds 92 percent of trial cases decided for defendant
Douglas W. Lundy, MD, FACS

The AAOS Medical Liability Committee recently fulfilled one of its charges by conducting the 2011 Professional Liability Insurance Survey. The committee regularly surveys the fellowship to ensure that the needs and perceptions of the membership are addressed. The last such survey was performed in 2006. The findings in this report provide insight into the current professional liability climate for the practice of orthopaedic surgery in the United States.

The survey was sent via fax and email to a randomized group of 6,111 AAOS Fellows in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with several follow-up reminders. The methodology used in this survey was performed in a scientific method to ensure that the findings would have statistical significance. The survey had a 12.2 percent response rate (684 completed questionnaires), which was sufficient to determine statistical significance between variables and obtain a consistent sample.

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