The National Practitioner Data Bank became operational September 1,1990, as a flagging system to identify health care practitioners who may have been involved in incidents of medical incompetence.
Query volumes have grown substantially over the Data Bank's first 4 years of operation.
The greatest increase has come in the number of voluntary queries.
By the end of 1994, the Data Bank had processed more than 4.5 million requests for information on practitioners, more than 1.5 million of which were received in 1994 alone.
The remainder are related to dentists (16 percent) and all other types of practitioners (8 percent).
Since reporting of adverse actions is mandatory only for physicians and dentists, the proportion of reports attributable to these types of practitioners is higher than it would be if adverse action reporting requirements were uniform for all practitioners.
State malpractice payment rates and adverse action rates vary widely, but a State's rate in any given year is highly correlated with its rate in any other year.
State malpractice rates are not strongly correlated with adverse action rates, neither are the rates for physicians strongly correlated with those for dentists.
There is a weak tendency for States with smaller physician populations to have higher levels of licensure and privileging actions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Faute professionnelle, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Base donnée, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malpractice, Physician, Health staff, Human, Database, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0485897
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.