Patient Safety Primer: Improving Clinician Performance

Little is known about strategies to address safety issues with individual clinicians, according to Individual Clinician Performance Issues, a new Patient Safety primer available on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network.

While many successful patient safety improvement efforts target system performance, it is not clear how many physicians pose safety risks because they lack necessary skills. Disciplinary actions may be effective, but many clinicians are reluctant to report impaired colleagues. Little research has addressed safety improvements for clinicians other than physicians.

Future research should not only define clinician factors that lead to adverse events, but also measure the skill and professional competence of non-physician members of the health care team, according to the primer.

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Page last reviewed November 2017
Page originally created November 2017
Internet Citation: Patient Safety Primer: Improving Clinician Performance. Content last reviewed November 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/patient-safety-primer.html