In a recent analysis of medical malpractice claims involving hospitalists, the claims rate for hospitalists did not drop as it has for other specialties.

A recent study, Rates and Characteristics of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Hospitalists, published in Journal of Hospital Medicine, found that while many specialties have seen a drop in the claims rate, it has not dropped for hospitalist over a 10-year period.

Study authors analyzed the data from the Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) to better understand "the rates and characteristics of malpractice claims against hospitalists."  In discovering that the claims rate has not declined for hospitalists as it has for other specialties, study authors discussed what might be driving this trend. They concluded that "the malpractice environment for hospitalists is becoming less favorable."

The study published in the peer-review journal, Journal of Hospital Medicine (subscription may be required).