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  1. Underperforming doctors : a postal survey of the Northern Deanery.

    Article - En anglais

    Objectives 

    To discover the perceived size of pool of doctors considered to be underperforming in general practice in the Northern Deanery and to discover whether these perceptions are based on formal assessments.

    Design 

    Postal questionnaire.

    Setting 

    Area covered by the Northern Deanery.

    Subjects 

    Seven health authority directors of primary care, seven secretaries of local medical committees, and 14 chief officers of community health councils.

    Results 

    The response rate was 100% for directors of primary care and secretaries of local medical committees and, after one reminder, 92% for chief officers of community health councils.

    Numbers of doctors perceived to be underperforming ranged from none to over 15 in different health authority areas.

    Main areas for concern were communication skills, clinical skills, and management skills.

    Patients'representatives were concerned about lack of power of patients and health authorities and doctors'lack of accountability.

    Health authorities were concerned about lack of power, identification of underperforming doctors, and doctors'professional loyalty.

    Local medical committees were concerned about the problem of identifying underperformance.

    A number of methods were used for identification, and there was no common method applied.

    Conclusions 

    The number of doctors thought to be underperforming was small. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Performance, Questionnaire, Poste, Evaluation, Surveillance, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Performance, Questionnaire, Postal service, Evaluation, Surveillance, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0289856

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 27/11/1998.