Professional competence in medicine

Hosp Med. 1999 Mar;60(3):203-5. doi: 10.12968/hosp.1999.60.3.1067.


Professional competence in medicine is under the microscope following a year of government and media attention directed at the performance of doctors and outcomes for patients. The ability of the profession to self-regulate has been questioned and the roles of the state, the universities, the Royal colleges and the postgraduate deans are shifting. This paper provides a context for considering these important changes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / education
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Peer Review, Health Care*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Public Opinion
  • Societies, Medical / standards