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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brenda B Harton, MSN, RN (University of Phoenix)
Description: This readable second edition of a book on peer review among practicing physicians describes ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE) from beginning to end from a practical viewpoint.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe how to create a more effective peer review process and help practitioners understand peer review as a positive and constructive force. In addition, it shares practical and tested strategies for implementing peer review.
Audience: Although the book is specifically targeted at physicians, the principles could be applied to other disciplines. The authors are physicians with various experience in medical, administrative, and leadership positions.
Features: The book explores the process of effective peer review in order to meet regulatory standards of the Joint Commission and examines options and methods for achieving effective peer review. Multiple tools are documented in the book as well as on the accompanying CD, which includes additional material not found in the book. Graphs, charts, forms, and step-by-step guides include a sample medical staff peer review policy and other practical information, including guidelines for selecting an appropriate and relevant model, and when and how to consider external peer review. Of particular note is the emphasis on doing the right thing, objectively and without bias. Guidelines are included for selecting effective performance measures. Nothing in the title indicates that the focus is on physician peer review; a more specific title would better serve potential readers.
Assessment: As a second edition, the book expands on the principle of peer review as a best practice and now notes that peer review is an expectation and regulatory requirement, with a shift to incorporating regulatory needs into best practice. This thorough book addresses scenarios that should be considered in the implementation of a redesigned peer review structure, and will be a helpful guide for OPPE or focused review based on competency assessment.