Predictors of Physician Performance on Competence Assessment: Findings From CPEP, the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians - American Board of Medical Specialties

In this study, researchers analyzed data of physicians who were referred to the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians between 2000 and 2010 to determine predictive factors of unsafe assessment outcome. They found that Board-certified individuals were less likely than uncertified individuals to have poor assessment outcomes. Similarly, compared to physicians who have not warranted Board action (suspension, revocation, limitation, or stipulation), physicians with Board action were more likely to be deemed unsafe. The analysis also found that older physicians were more likely to have unsafe assessment outcomes. Physicians in solo practice settings were more likely to be deemed unsafe, compared to physicians in other settings. Compared to physicians whose practice scope did not match their training, termed practice drift, those whose practiced in the area in which they received training were less likely to have unsafe assessment outcomes. This study shows what the impact of being Board-certified, having Board action, a physician’s age, practice setting, and staying in their area of training on assessment outcomes.

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