This is unsettling:
If a doctor consistently prescribes the wrong meds or arrives drunk to work, you’d hope that his peers would pipe up.
But the responses of nearly 2,000 doctors to a recent national survey show the professional watchdog system is nowhere near perfect.
More than a third of docs don’t think they’re responsible for reporting those who aren’t fit to practice, according to the results just published in JAMA. And only 69 percent of the docs who knew about an impaired or incompetent colleague reported them.
Summary of the study here.