An article in the Sept. 9, 2008, issue about the prospects for no-fault insurance for Canadian patients1 contained incorrect numbers for the Canadian Medical Protective Association's annual settlements in medical liability cases. From 2002 to 2006, the annual number of legal actions settled ranged between 372 and 448.
Letters already stretched thin. It may be more Gilbert Tang MD MBA gizes for the error and any inconven- beneficial to have a dedicated research Cardiac surgery resident (PGY-4), ience it may have caused. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. group that can travel to different re- gions to train community and univer- Competing interests: None declared. sity groups. A hub-and-spoke model, REFERENCE with local leading universities training 1. Silversides A. Fault/no fault, part 3: vested interests and the silence of suffering patients cited as obsta- smaller groups in their region, may be REFERENCES cles to system change. CMAJ 2008;179:515-17. more sustainable. Third, what is the 1. MacDonald N, Kabakyenga J. Microresearch: bor- DOI:10.1503/cmaj.081547 rowing from the microfinance experience [edito- broader impact of these microresearch rial]. CMAJ 2008;179:399. projects? Although the goal of microre- DOI:10.1503/cmaj.1080104 search is to produce a local impact in In the recent article on the approach to local communities, the differences in the management of mild to moderate community demographics may be such Corrections dementia,1 the affiliation for coauthor that it may not be possible to share data Anne Carswell should have read from one local area to develop best An article in the Sept. 9, 2008, issue “School of Occupational Therapy, Dal- practices in another community. This about the prospects for no-fault insur- housie University, Halifax, NS.” may be the Achilles heel for funding ance for Canadian patients1 contained microresearch: most large foundations incorrect numbers for the Canadian will see that these research projects will Medical Protective Association’s an- REFERENCE not have a broad impact, whereas re- nual settlements in medical liability 1. Hogan DB, Bailey P, Black S, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of dementia: 4. Approach to manage- search projects on malaria and tubercu- cases. From 2002 to 2006, the annual ment of mild to moderate dementia. CMAJ 2008; losis will. Nonetheless, I applaud the number of legal actions settled ranged 179:787-93. editorialists’ article and their idea. between 372 and 448. CMAJ apolo- DOI:10.1503/cmaj.081558 ADVERTISEMENT TEQUIN CLASS ACTION NOTICE OF COURT APPROVAL OF TEQUIN CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AS IT MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MUST ACT WITHOUT DELAY TO COMPLY WITH DEADLINES AS SET OUT BELOW. TO ALL CLASS MEMBERS: To all Canadian residents who ingested 2. OPTING OUT - All persons who come within the class definition Tequin (“Tequin Recipient") or their personal representatives, heirs, will automatically be included in the class unless they exclude assigns and trustees (“Representative Claimants”), and any other themselves from the class (“Opt Out”). To Opt Out, a Class Member will residents of Canada asserting the right to sue the Defendants by reason have to complete, sign and return an “Opt Out Form” postmarked or of their familial relationship with a Tequin Recipient, including, without deposited with a courier by December 27, 2008. If a Class Member limitation, spouses, common law spouses, same-sex partners, as well as does not timely and properly Opt Out and does not timely and properly parents, grandparents, siblings or children, by birth, marriage or make a Claim under the Settlement Agreement, he or she will be forever adoption (“Derivative Claimants”). barred from receiving any payments under the Settlement Agreement, Tequin is an antibiotic which was commonly prescribed for the and from instituting any action against the Defendants and/or Released treatment of pneumonia and other infections including those of the Parties related to the use of Tequin.
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