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Male doctors are more likely to have legal action taken against them, analysis finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4359 (Published 13 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4359
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Male doctors have nearly two and a half times higher odds of having legal action taken against them than female doctors, a meta-analysis published in the open access journal BMC Medicine has found.1

Researchers from University College London identified 32 studies from around the world that had looked at medicolegal action against doctors by sex. This included disciplinary action taken against doctors by medical regulatory boards, malpractice claims and cases, complaints received …

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