The Accountability of Doctor to Doctor
Lancet. 1985 Aug 10; 2(8450): 323-324.
Modern medicine has made lapses in performance by doctors potentially more dangerous. The author considers professional peer review to be a more effective means of ensuring high standards than dependence on either patient satisfaction or legal procedures. The lack of a hierarchical system in the British medical system gives added importance to peer review procedures. Performance must be assessed by various criteria, both clinical and managerial. Audit review meetings can also provide a forum for the consideration of resource utilization and its ethical dilemmas. (KIE abstract)
Accountability; Administrators; Competence; Consultation; Doctors; Expert Testimony; Health; Health Care; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Legal Liability; Liability; Medicine; Negligence; Patient Care; Patient Satisfaction; Peer Review; Physicians; Professional Competence; Regulation; Resource Allocation; Review; Self Regulation; Standards;