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SSS 2010-07-14

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Doctors like to think that they’ll turn in colleagues who are doing a particularly bad job. But it’s not so straightforward1 when physicians are faced with such a colleague, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital surveyed almost 2,000 physicians in a variety of fields around the country. About two-thirds said that they should and would report an impaired2 or incompetent3 colleague. Seventeen percent said they know of a physician who should be reported, and about 67 percent of that group did issue a complaint.

Minority physicians or docs in small practices were less likely to blow the whistle than hospital staff. They thought it would do no good, someone else would deal with it, or that there would be retribution.

The researchers were particularly concerned that one-third of all docs surveyed didn’t think their incompetent colleagues should be reported. And that a third of physicians who actually saw someone perform poorly in fact did not say anything. The study authors urge more education on the subject, and protection and privacy for whistleblowers. All in keeping with the Hippocratic oath: first, do no harm.

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Cynthia Graber.


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1 straightforward fFfyA     
adj.正直的,坦率的;易懂的,简单的
参考例句:
  • A straightforward talk is better than a flowery speech.巧言不如直说。
  • I must insist on your giving me a straightforward answer.我一定要你给我一个直截了当的回答。
2 impaired sqtzdr     
adj.受损的;出毛病的;有(身体或智力)缺陷的v.损害,削弱( impair的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Much reading has impaired his vision. 大量读书损害了他的视力。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • His hearing is somewhat impaired. 他的听觉已受到一定程度的损害。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
3 incompetent JcUzW     
adj.无能力的,不能胜任的
参考例句:
  • He is utterly incompetent at his job.他完全不能胜任他的工作。
  • He is incompetent at working with his hands.他动手能力不行。
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