Journal article

The ageing surgeon: a qualitative study of expert opinions on assuring performance and supporting safe career transitions among older surgeons

Rupert Sherwood, Marie Bismark

BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Unlike some other safety critical professions, there is no mandatory age of retirement for doctors, including surgeons. Medical regulators in Australia are implementing additional checks on doctors from the age of 70. We describe expert opinions on assuring performance and supporting career transitions among older surgeons. METHODS: In this qualitative study, experts in four countries were purposively selected for their expertise in surgical governance. Experts responded to interviews (Australia, New Zealand and UK) or a survey (Canada). A tiered framework of interventions was developed by integrating findings with previous literature and responsive regulation theory. RESULTS: 52..

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