Dentistry, in fulfilling its responsibility for self-regulation, has established a highly specific and formalized method of peer review. Its primary purpose is to mediate problems between patients, dentists, and third parties relative to the quality of treatment and appropriateness of care. It is a confidential service provided to the public and profession at no cost and accomplished with the voluntary cooperation of all parties involved. Decisions of peer review committees are advisory in nature but offer an alternative to legal resolution of misunderstandings and problems in patient care. The profession, by continually refining peer review and by educating its members and the public to its function, is providing a unique and valuable service to patients, dentists, and third parties. The objective and consistent application of this self-monitoring process is but one mechanism by which dentistry seeks to serve the public and perpetuate its high standard of care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Dental Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jul 1 1985|