What Practices Should Know about Implementing Peer Learning

Whitney J. Palmer

When it comes to improving radiology understanding and performance, there’s a shift underway from peer review to peer learning.

In an effort to improve radiology performance and understanding, several years ago the industry launched the idea of peer review – a method where radiologists policed each other, calling out mistakes on images in an effort to improve patient care. But, this strategy has been criticized as being largely punitive.

Instead of spotlighting providers who make errors, there’s now an effort underway within the specialty to offer feedback and guidance – a chance to learn with context. Called peer learning, this system uses anonymous reads to evaluate images for errors and near misses, creating an environment where everyone can improve their understanding without blame.

In this video, Diagnostic Imaging speaks with Regan City, the director of national subspecialty division and patient safety organizations at RadPartners, about how institutions can successfully pivot to the peer learning model, who needs to be on board with the idea, and the challenges that can exist.

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