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Am J Med Qual. 2007 Jan-Feb;22(1):18-25.

The role of physicians and certification boards to improve quality.

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American Board of Internal Medicine, 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA.


Amid growing focus on individual physician performance, it is timely to examine what evidence exists that physicians can be facilitators and leaders for health care quality improvement in their local health care environments. Despite the importance of governmental policy and national initiatives, change in health care quality must occur in the context of local communities. Therefore, individual physician involvement, working with other local health care leaders and providers, will be crucial to future quality improvement. The objectives of this article are as follows: (1) outline why physicians must be involved in quality improvement, (2) delineate the barriers and facilitators to physician involvement, and (3) discuss how medical certification boards can facilitate greater physician involvement in quality improvement.

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