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Survey of radiologist attitudes and perceptions regarding the incorporation of a departmental peer review system.
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PMID:  25439617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes and perceptions of staff radiologists regarding the incorporation of a nonanonymous peer review system at an academic hospital.
METHODS: A questionnaire gauging knowledge of, attitudes toward, and perceptions regarding peer review was distributed to all staff radiologists at a large academic hospital. The survey was distributed before the implementation of a nonanonymous peer review system. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Responses were cross-tabulated according to subspecialty and number of years in practice.
RESULTS: The majority of respondents agreed that peer review is important for improving patient care (31 of 36 [86%]) and professional development (29 of 36 [81%]), but the vast majority (33 of 36 [92%]) believed that peer review should be anonymous. Twenty-six of 36 respondents (72%) believed that peer review will not be safe from malpractice issues, 24 of 36 (67%) agreed that it has the potential to damage interpersonal relationships within the department, and 15 of 36 (42%) believed that it may influence their job security or rankings within the department. Significant differences were identified between radiologists with more and fewer years of practice experience.
CONCLUSIONS: The incorporation of a nonanonymous peer review system generates anxiety and uncertainty within a radiology department. The investigation of physicians' attitudes toward and perceptions about peer review is important for understanding the potential impact not only on patient care but also on radiologists' relationships and psychology in the workplace.
Michael Loreto; Daniel Kahn; Phyllis Glanc
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-11-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1558-349X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Radiol     Publication Date:  2014 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101190326     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Radiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1034-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2014 American College of Radiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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