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PEER REVIEW PRACTICE AND PROCESS: WHEN TO TURN TO EXTERNAL PEER REVIEW
Providing safe and effective patient care remains an uphill battle for many hospitals, as they face the challenges of uncovering and dealing with problematic areas in an educational context while at the same time holding providers accountable for their actions. If not managed properly, peer review can lead to a breakdown in a hospital’s physician performance improvement program and quality management system, jeopardizing patient safety and increasing the hospital’s risk. Unfortunately, many organizations face ongoing challenges to establishing an effective peer review process.