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Assessing individual clinical performance: a primer for physicians

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The assessment of individual physician performance has attracted interest from several quarters, including statutory licensing agencies and credentialing bodies of healthcare institutions. Performance measures and assessment methods have been developed, although their validity, reliability and feasibility in regards to physician specialty practice are open to challenge. Despite this, professional colleges and societies will be increasingly obliged to ensure their members are demonstrating high‐quality performance on the basis of assessment methods viewed as being transparent, impartial and reproducible. This article provides an overview of the current state of the art which hopefully will serve to inform future debate both within and outside professional circles.

Keywords: assessment; method; performance; physician

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland 2: Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, Victoria and 3: Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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