Characteristics Associated With Physician Discipline: A Case- Control Study
Kohatsu, Neal D.
Ross, Leslie K.
Fox, Patrick J.
Archives of Internal Medicine 2004 March 22; 164(6): 653-658
There has been increasing attention devoted to patient safety. However, the focus has been on system improvements rather than individual physician performance issues. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is an association between certain physician characteristics and the likelihood of medical board- imposed discipline. METHODS: Unmatched, case-control study of 890 physicians disciplined by the Medical Board of California between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 2001, compared with 2981 randomly selected, nondisciplined controls. Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated for physician discipline with respect to age, sex, board certification, international medical school education, and specialty. RESULTS: Male sex (OR, 2.76; P
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