Malpractice Trends: Viewing the Data and Avoiding the Hot Seat of Litigation

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Malpractice litigation against nurse practitioners (NPs) is on the rise. More cases are being filed and higher judgments are being awarded. Since 2004, the average award has risen 36%. NPs need to know the root causes of this crisis and how to prevent themselves from becoming defendants in such litigation. Communication and inclusivity are 2 of the main mechanisms for avoiding a costly judgment or settlement. This manuscript offers some simple suggestions for avoiding the hot seat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-665
Number of pages4
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • communication
  • inclusivity
  • malpractice
  • national practitioner data bank
  • nurse practitioners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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