Journal article

Doctors disciplined for professional misconduct in Australia and New Zealand, 2000-2009

Katie J Elkin, Matthew J Spittal, David J Elkin, David M Studdert

Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe professional discipline cases in Australia and New Zealand in which doctors were found guilty of professional misconduct, and to develop a typology for describing the misconduct. DESIGN AND SETTING: A retrospective analysis of disciplinary cases adjudicated in five jurisdictions (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand) in 2000-2009. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Characteristics of the cases (setting, misconduct type, patient outcomes, disciplinary measure imposed), characteristics of the doctors involved (sex, specialty, years since qualification) and population-level case rates (by doctor characteristics). RESULTS: The tribunals studied dis..

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