New Study Identifies Ineffective Medical Practices and Raises Risk Of Malpractice

By Thamanna Hussain

Does newer always suggest better? In medical care, medical malpractice trial lawyers often hear about the latest medical procedures, but we are not quick to assume that they are better. A new study reflects our perspective. The study revealed that new surgical techniques, and screening processes are often found to be ineffective.

For this particular study, scientists reviewed a total of 1,344 original articles from The New England Journal of Medicine from 2001 through 2010 and found that just 27% of the studies actually tested an established medical practice. Most of the studies dealt with new or emerging techniques and just more than one-quarter of the research focused on current medical practices. A total of 40% practices were found to be ineffective, never helped patients and never worked.

Ineffective and untested procedures and drugs often put patients at risk of medical malpractice. The lead author of the study, Dr. Vinay Prasad, warned that it usually takes about a decade for physicians and patients to accept evidence that an established practice does not work. Medical error and medical malpractice are responsible for thousands of deaths a year. If you face a medical malpractice legal problem in New York, contact our firm.