I began interviewing people for this study in 1990. The in-depth interviews of physicians who had been sued, patients who had sued their physicians, and lawyers and malpractice insurance administrators were not completed until 1995. Those involved in medical malpractice claims were often hard to locate; some did not want to talk to me. Some physicians, because of their hectic schedules, canceled their appointments for interviews. To those people who did allow me to interview them, whom I cannot name for confidentiality reasons--thank you. Without you, there would be no book. Dawn Hilton, Sarah Hubinski, Susan Lee, and Joan Strobel helped me with the huge task of transcribing the interviews. My thanks go to the Geneseo Foundation which funded a major portion of the recruitment and transcribing expenses associated with these interviews.
It took fifteen months to obtain the statistical data from New York State, although technically they are in the public domain. I want to thank publicly Chris Coward, then at the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and Assemblyman Joe Morelle, without whose help I might never have gotten these data. Lance Hannon labeled and cleaned the data. I also wish to thank the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for the release of its malpractice claims data, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for making the National Practitioner Data Bank available.
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Publication information: Book title: The Practice of Uncertainty:Voices of Physicians and Patients in Medical Malpractice Claims. Contributors: Stephen L. Fielding - Author. Publisher: Auburn House. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: xv.
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