Peer-to-Peer Reviews Help Doctors Give Safer Care | Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

February 18, 2015 6:32 PM

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Peer-to-Peer Reviews Help Doctors Give Safer Care | Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

After the 1979 near-meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three-Mile Island in Pennsylvania, the heads of nuclear power companies recognized that the public would not tolerate another accident. The companies would either improve safety or go out of business. Although these companies understood the importance of regulators to identify the bad apples, they also knew that the only way to improve safety was to own the problem.

One of their solutions was a program called peer-to-peer review, in which a multidisciplinary team of experts visits a nuclear plant to evaluate its safety program, discuss their findings with the plant's leadership, and identify ways to improve. These reviews are intended to be ruthlessly honest, b...

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