HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*
The selective granting of clinical staff privileges to physicians is one of the primary mechanisms used by institutions to uphold the quality of care. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals requires that the granting of initial or continuing medical staff privileges be based on assessments of applicants against professional criteria that are specified in the medical staff bylaws. Physicians themselves are thus charged with identifying the criteria that constitute professional competence and with evaluating their peers on the basis of such criteria. Yet the process of evaluating a physician's knowledge and competence is often constrained by the evaluator's own
HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Clinical Competence in the Use of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy for Screening Purposes. Ann Intern Med. 1987;107:589–591. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-589
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):589-591.
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