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Mandatory reporting of impaired medical practitioners: protecting patients, supporting practitioners.

Bismark MM, Morris JM, Clarke C. Mandatory reporting of impaired medical practitioners: protecting patients, supporting practitioners. Intern Med J. 2014;44(12a):1165-9. doi:10.1111/imj.12613.

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February 4, 2015
Bismark MM, Morris JM, Clarke C. Intern Med J. 2014;44(12a):1165-9.

Peers are likely to notice that a colleague is impaired before it is recognized at the system level, yet they are often reluctant to report it. Discussing the mandated reporting of impaired clinicians in the Australian health care system, this commentary suggests that efforts to improve reporting focus on identifying the root causes of impairment to provide mechanisms for colleagues that need support.

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Bismark MM, Morris JM, Clarke C. Mandatory reporting of impaired medical practitioners: protecting patients, supporting practitioners. Intern Med J. 2014;44(12a):1165-9. doi:10.1111/imj.12613.