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A national medical register: balancing public transparency and professional privacy.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical Journal of Australia
0025-729X
Publisher
Australasian Medical Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
Publication Date
Volume
188
Issue
4
Pages
247–249
Identifiers
PMID: 18279136
Source
Medline

Abstract

The first aim of a medical registration scheme should be to protect patients. Medical registration boards currently offer variable information to the public on doctors' registration status. Current reform proposals for a national registration scheme should include free public access to professional profiles of registered medical practitioners. Practitioner profiles should include: practitioner's full name and practice address; type of qualifications; year first registered, and duration and type of registration; any conditions on registration and practice; any disciplinary action taken; and participation in continuing professional education.

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