Psychiatrists least likely to face malpractice suits: Out of 42 medical specialties, psychiatrists were the least likely to have a medical liability claim filed against them during their career (22%) and obstetricians-gynecologists and general surgeons were the most likely (69% for each), according to a recent publication by the American Medical Association that reported findings from the 2007—2008 Physician Practice Information survey of 5,825 physicians. The survey also found that most physicians were at risk of a malpractice lawsuit being filed against them over the span of their career. Among physicians aged 55 and older, 61% had at least one medical liability claim filed against them, 39% were sued at least two times, and an average of 161 claims were filed for every 100 physicians in this age group. Risk of lawsuit increased with age, as older physicians have greater "exposure." For all physicians, 42% had a medical liability claim filed against them, 22% were sued two or more times, and an average of 95 medical liability claims were filed for every 100 physicians. However, annual claim frequency was relatively low, with only 5% being sued in the past 12 months. Although the survey did not gather information about the outcomes of claims, the report notes that other studies have shown that the majority of malpractice lawsuits are eventually dropped, dismissed, or withdrawn, so claim frequency does not reflect rates of errors or malpractice. The eight-page report, Policy Research Perspectives: Medical Liability Claim Frequency: A 2007—2008 Snapshot of Physicians by Carol K. Kane, Ph.D., also details variation in claim frequency by gender, practice ownership, and delivery setting. The report can be found at www.ama-assn.org.