The Association established the MPL Association Education and Research Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), in 2002, to provide comprehensive information on medical liability and healthcare-related issues through evidence-based research and other projects. Principally, these projects focus on:

  • Ascertaining the root causes of medical injury within the various settings where healthcare is provided; and
  • Providing education for physicians, hospitals, healthcare providers, and the interested public, so that they are empowered to reduce the incidence of medical injury and increase the quality of the healthcare system.

The MPL Association houses, in its Data Sharing Project (DSP), more than 250,000 closed MPL claims. These detailed data can serve as one key resource for the unique research initiatives sponsored by the MPL Association under the Foundation.    

By advancing the science of patient safety and quality healthcare, the Foundation serves to advance the cause of public health by providing accurate and timely research to healthcare stakeholders and policymakers.

Research Projects

As noted above, some of the Foundation’s research is focused on concerns directly related to medical issues. The Foundation has collaborated with prominent health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Society for Diagnostic Errors in Medicine, the American College of Cardiology, AcademyHealth, and others.

Other research may focus on the following:

  • How care is provided, and what might be done to improve it, in various medical settings, including hospitals and clinics.
  • Changes in the delivery of medicine in light of anticipated changes in the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Steps that can be taken to improve the medical liability system for the benefit of all parties potentially involved in MPL claims.

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