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Increasingly, healthcare lawyers are complementing their use of "opinion" expert witnesses with evidence-based expertise - from research to data analysis, white papers, and evidence-based scientific and technical expert testimony.  Some MATRIX45 staff and partners have worked with defense and plaintiff attorneys on providing independent expert services that render evidence-based opinions - from initial reviews to case consultation, expert opinions, and trial testimony.

 

One recent area of attention has been in response to a paper co-authored by Ivo Abraham and published in the August 2005 issue of Medical Care.   Hailed as one of the four most important papers on nurse staffing and patient ratios by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this article was the first scientific paper to the cost-effectiveness of low patient-to-nurse staffing ratios in terms of deaths averted - at a cost well below many standard medical care practices (cervical cancer screening, thrombolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarct, ...).  The persistent nursing shortage; enacted legislation mandating minimum patient to nurse staffing ratios (e.g., California); pending legislation in several jurisdictions; the scientific evidence that higher ratios increase patients' mortality risk by up to 28%n ... all these factors show that patient safety and patient mortality are critical but modifiable factors.

 

Contact us when you are dealing with litigation that may benefit from objective, scientific, and relevant expertise.

 

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