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We read with great interest the paper by Bismark et al1 about identification of doctors at risk of recurrent complaints in Australia. The authors examined a sample of 18 000 formal complaints lodged within an 11-year period. In brief, 3% of doctors accounted for 49% of all complaints. Doctors who were complained about were at significantly increased risk of a re-complaint. The authors concluded that it is feasible to predict which doctors are at high risk of recurring complaints.
Acknowledging that this article contributes to the current debate on this issue, the oversimplification is such that, unfortunately, it has the potential to …
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