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Patient Safety, Medical Error and Tort Law: An International Comparison

The Applied Research and Analysis Directorate is pleased to announce
the release of the research project entitled "Patient Safety, Medical
Error and Tort Law: An International Comparison." This project was led
by Dr. Joan Gilmour of York University.

The objective of this research was to examine incentives and
disincentives to reducing medical error and enhancing patient safety
inherent in existing legal frameworks, and to evaluate legal reforms,
both undertaken or proposed, to assess their impact on patient safety
initiatives.  To do so, the research team conducted a review and
comparison of several countries--Canada, the United States, Australia
and New Zealand--chosen for their similar legal systems.

Read the report summary at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/sr-sr/finance/hprp-prpms/final/index_e.html.