sham peer review

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sham peer review

A term of art referring to the abuse of a medical peer review to attack a doctor for personal or other non-medical reasons. Sham peer reviews may be triggered by a doctor who flags unsafe conditions in a hospital or reports suboptimal care being provided by a senior colleague. Such reviews typically result in a doctor being labelled as disruptive or having compromised patient quality, leading to their being reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which may effectively end his or her career.
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Given the profound financial and reputational harm to an individual LIP whose privileges are wrongfully terminated, as well as the financial and legal exposure to the hospital resulting from valid claims of malicious peer review, (3) the governing body and CEO are morally obligated to rethink how best to safeguard against sham peer review.
The doors to the courts remain open to doctors who are subjected to unjustified or malicious peer review, and they may seek appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief in response to such treatment.