Influences of Hospitals Structure on Medical Malpractice Claim Costs

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.04.02.Art066

Authors : Ifeanyi Gregory Mbakwe


This article review critically appraises the article ‘Influences of Hospitals Structure on Malpractice Claim Costs’ in the Academy of Health Care Management Journal. The article was written by Young, C.C. and Williams, D. R. of the Mississippi State University and Appalachian State University respectively in Florida, United States of America, USA. No background information was given about the authors of this article as to their position or discipline in their respective universities. This study which was conducted in the State of Florida, USA, sought to examine the structural factors affecting the total amount of malpractice claims costs by hospitals. The article was published online in portable document format (pdf) and used in-text references throughout the article in a way that unraveled the authors thought pattern which flowed seamlessly and brought about a clear view of the topic under discuss: what they hoped to achieve and how to go about it in a way that made reading interesting. This review will first summarize the article. Secondly, it will briefly analyze the effectiveness of the article’s structure, investigating how the information is set out, vocabulary and how easily the reader can access it. Thirdly, the review will critique the article, evaluating its authority, currency, accuracy, objectivity and coverage. The review will also analyze the tables and figures before finally judging the article’s accessibility and credibility. Overall it will determine if the article was well written, clear and relevant.


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