Mandatory reporting of impaired medical practitioners: protecting patients, supporting practitioners.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.