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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Improper motives underlying sham peer review have included, but are not limited to, anti-competitive motives, retaliation against physician whistleblowers, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, and age.
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The history of outrageous and unjustified immunity in sham peer review began in the mid-1980s with a perception, probably false, that instances of malpractice by physicians were increasing.
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The mechanics are already well established: sham peer review and licensure board abuse.
Worse, the hospital, through a process of sham peer review, could even terminate their career, thus eliminating a potential source of future competition.
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The rest of us should take precautions against sham peer review.
One of the most common phrases I hear from physicians who have been victims of a sham peer review is: "I never thought this would happen to me.