ERIC Number: EJ759253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Professional Isolation and Performance Assessment in New Zealand
St. George, Ian M.
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v26 n3 p216-221 Sum 2006
Introduction: Solo and nonurban practice, nonmembership of a professional group, and aging are all associated with underperformance and may be indicators of professional isolation. Although it may lead to underperformance in physicians, there are no clear measures to assess professional isolation. Methods: By mailed questionnaire, experienced performance assessors were asked to list markers of professional isolation. Results: A set of criteria and descriptors for professional isolation was generated, and included personality; solo practice; poor colleague relationships; outlier practice; MOPS or CPD failure; specialist in only private practice; stress, no relief, complaints, job dissatisfaction; locum, itinerant or part-time practice; cultural barriers; male gender. Discussion:The identification of physicians at risk for professional isolation may enable the prevention of poor performance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physicians, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests, Professional Isolation, Performance Factors, Social Indicators, Item Analysis, Mail Surveys, Evaluation Criteria, Item Banks, Rural Areas
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand