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Late Career Practitioners: Balancing Patient Safety and Physician Autonomy

Thomas Gallagher, MD
University of Washington
Grant Type Making a Difference
Grant Cycle fall 2019
Duration 18 months
Amount $300,215

Because older physicians may experience declines in cognition, sensory abilities, and adherence to best practices, many organizations are adopting late career practitioner (LCP) programs to identify and manage physicians with compromised competence. This project investigates how these programs can be implemented to balance patient safety with other key values. Building on previous Greenwall research, we will (1) characterize 40 LCP policies, (2) interview 30 LCP program leaders about program design, (3) examine physician engagement through 9 focus groups, and 4) analyze normative issues.