Different Philosophies of Peer Review

  1. In your organization, who participates in the peer review process? Who is reviewed, and who does the reviewing?
  2. What is your process of deciding what gets reviewed?
  3. Peer review can have the feeling of being punitive. Do you attempt to minimize this and if so, how?
  4. What is the relationship between peer review and other quality improvement initiatives?
  5. Does your organization incorporate subjective patient opinions in your peer review process?
  6. Are there certain themes for the deficiencies that are found and what does your organization do to address these areas?
  7. Does your organization give positive feedback or compliments for finding on peer review? If so, how often and what type?
  8. What is the role of the clinician being reviewed? At what point are they asked for input and what type of input do these clinicians provide?
  9. How do you deal with issues of peer review related to patients transitioning care through different organizations and providers? Are there processes in place to support system level peer review?
  10. Do you use any commercially available or public classification systems in your peer review process?