Journal article

Mandatory reporting of impaired medical practitioners: protecting patients, supporting practitioners

MM Bismark, JM Morris, C Clarke

INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Taking action to protect patients from impaired colleagues is a long-standing ethical and professional obligation. In 2010, this responsibility was codified in law with the introduction, across Australia, of a new mandatory reporting regimen. While several concerns remain to be addressed, mandatory reporting has the potential not only to reinforce the primacy of patient safety, but also to open internal dialogue about the profession's response to concerns about practitioner health and well-being. Four years after the introduction of the scheme, key challenges include ensuring the reporting threshold is appropriately defined and clearly understood, improving access to evidence-based health pr..

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