Diane J. Angelini, CNM, EdD, FACNM, FAAN, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Brown University, and Director of Nurse-Midwifery at Women & Infants' Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She is Senior Editor of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.
Closed Claims Analysis of 65 Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Nurse-Midwives
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 454–460, November-December 2005
How to Cite
Angelini, D. J. and Greenwald, L. (2005), Closed Claims Analysis of 65 Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Nurse-Midwives. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 454–460. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.06.004
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- closed claims analysis;
- risk assessment;
The threat of litigation in clinical midwifery is evident in daily practice. Although midwives have not had the same risk of claims and suits as obstetricians, all obstetric providers are potentially subject to claims of malpractice. Closed claims analysis has been used in the past to review risk patterns and to heighten awareness of certain risks. It is a methodology that can suggest corrective or preventive action for future practice and thereby minimize the risk of future errors. An analysis of nurse-midwifery closed claims can help to evaluate past risk and proactively modify future liability.