Patients And Colleagues Tend To Like Doctors

Multi-source feedback is felt to be useful in the evaluation of practicing physicians. In this UK study, patients and colleagues tended to give evaluations that were very skewed toward positive. Also, very large numbers of surveys are required to generate stable estimates. This suggests major weaknesses in the use of such surveys for the analysis of physician excellence.–Laura Willett, MD

Wright C. et al. Multisource Feedback in Evaluating the Performance of Doctors: The Example of the UK General Medical Council Patient and Colleague Questionnaires. Academic Medicine Volume 87(12), December 2012, p 1668–1678

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