Revalidation of doctors, or how to spot the bad apples

Re validation simply not valid.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could spot the bad applesbefore we consume them? Or even better: before they become bad?In recent years medical regulators around the world have been exploring ways to identify doctors who are performing poorly.

In the UKallapples are tested once a year via a process called revalidation. But some have said it will not detect poor doctorsas itsmain purpose is to gain patients’ trust. Others say it is meantto demonstrate whatgood apples look like. But one thing is for sure: Revalidationis labour-intensive and expensive.

“There is indeed an additional time cost,” said GP Dr Paresh Dawda in Australian Family Physican. “The appraisal meeting was usually 3 hours in length, and on average it took another 5 or 6 hours to collate the evidence and complete the forms, which is in keeping with an average of 9 hours found in…

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