May 1, 2019
This podcast highlights original research published in the May 2019 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation.
The objectives of this study were to (1) analyze unsolicited patient complaints (UPCs) among otolaryngologists, (2) identify risk factors for UPCs, and (3) determine the impact of physician feedback on subsequent UPCs.
In conclusion, systematic monitoring and respectful sharing of peer-comparative patient complaint data offers an intervention associated with UPCs and concomitant malpractice risk reduction. Collegial feedback over time increases the response rate, but a small proportion of physicians will require directive interventions.