Experts urge hospitals to screen doctors for alcohol, drug use

05/17/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Hospitals should conduct random screenings for substance abuse among physicians to bolster patient safety, according to recommendations published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Hospitals were also urged to test their medical staff following adverse events associated with patient death. The authors said "patients and their family members have a right to be protected from impaired physicians," as impairment may play a role in patient harm.

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