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Can shared decision making reduce medical malpractice litigation? A systematic review

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  • Marie-Anne Durand
  • Benjamin Moulton
  • Elisabeth Cockle
  • Mala Mann
  • Glyn Elwyn
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2015


To explore the likely influence and impact of shared decision-making on medical malpractice litigation and patients’ intentions to initiate litigation. We included all observational, interventional and qualitative studies published in all languages, which assessed the effect or likely influence of shared decision-making or shared decision-making interventions on medical malpractice litigation or on patients’ intentions to litigate. The following databases were searched from inception until January 2014: CINAHL, Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EMBASE, HMIC, Lexis library, MEDLINE, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, Open SIGLE, PsycINFO and Web of Knowledge. We also hand searched reference lists of included studies and contacted experts in the field. Downs & Black quality assessment checklist, the Critical Appraisal Skill Programme qualitative tool, and the Critical Appraisal Guidelines for single case study research were used to assess the quality of included studie


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