Keeping Reviews Blind

PeerReview

February 2015

Radiologists want review from their peers — as long as it's anonymous, says a new study in the JACR®.

Michael Loreto, MD, and a team of researchers from Health Sciences North in Ontario surveyed the 39 radiologists on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto to assess radiologists' perception of peer review. Although 86 percent of participants agreed that peer review improves professional care and aids in their own professional development, 92 percent stipulated that it should be done anonymously. Further, 67 percent believed that non-blind peer reviews had the potential to damage interpersonal relationships within a department. Still others worried that such peer review could affect job security and rankings in a department. "This survey demonstrates that the implementation of a formal peer review system in a radiology department is associated with both anxiety and uncertainty," wrote Loreto and his team. For more information, click here. 

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