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Commentary: shifting the focus of physician assessment in the United States.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23187915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is a substantial international body of research that supports the value of the use of multisource feedback (MSF) for physician performance assessment. In this issue, Wright and colleagues add to this body of literature by examining two instruments designed to collect MSF from large cohorts of patients and colleagues in the context of physician performance evaluation in the United Kingdom. In the United States there is a reticence by leading physician organizations to adopt the use of patient and peer feedback in key evaluations such as maintenance of specialty board certification or licensure. This commentary explores this incongruity in light of the 50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn's seminal work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. It is concluded that, although the paradigm of using patient and peer evaluation in the United States appears to be shifting, the profession, by way of not providing MSF to the public, is losing its role in being the unique provider of public information on physician performance.
Kevin B Weiss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1938-808X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Med     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  2013-02-11     Revised Date:  2013-09-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904605     Medline TA:  Acad Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1660-1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Chicago, IL 60654, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence*
Employee Performance Appraisal / methods*
Physicians / standards*
Comment On:
Acad Med. 2012 Dec;87(12):1668-78   [PMID:  23095930 ]
Comment In:
Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1055-6   [PMID:  23899849 ]
Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1055   [PMID:  23899848 ]

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