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Interdepartmental peer review

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:765

Allows exchange of ideas about clinical practice and organisation

  1. R L Page, Consultant physiciana,
  2. B D W Harrison, Consultant physicianb
  1. a Leeds Chest Clinic, Leeds LS1 6PH
  2. b Leicester House, Norfolk&Norwich Hospital, Norwich NR1 3SR

    Peer review in clinical medicine is concerned with maintaining and enhancing the quality of health care. It does this through formal external assessment by peers of the structures, processes, and outcomes of health care for which standards are known or accepted. It is distinct from appraisal, a confidential process in which individuals' professional and performance development and job progress are reviewed against agreed objectives at regular intervals by an educational supervisor or clinical manager. It is usually applied to specific aspects of care or outcomes of a service but is equally applicable to an entire service or department. Several specialties are now introducing interdepartmental reviews, enabling doctors to share and exchange ideas on best clinical and organisational practice.

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