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What’s the ‘July Effect’? Avoiding Medical Malpractice

If you visit a hospital for care this month, you should take note of the ‘July Effect’, a phenomenon that can lead to medical malpractice. Because new graduates start their medical rotations in July, each year, around 100,000 doctors in training in the U.S. take on new responsibilities. Unfortunately, this can lead to the ‘July Effect’ or a drop in medical care quality due to doctor inexperience. Statistics point out that medical errors actually increase during July. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which examined medical errors from 1979 to 2006 at US hospitals, mistakes increased during July at some facilities by as much as 10 percent in July. While it is important for new doctors to gain experience, it should not come at the expense of your health. If you have concerns about the person treating you, you can always request a new doctor, or speak to…
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