An intervention model that promotes accountability: peer messengers and patient/family complaints

Pichert, J.W., Moore, I.N., Karrass, J., et al.
Submitted: October, 2013

A peer messenger process was designed by the Center for Professional and Patient Advocacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee) to address “high-risk” physicians identified through analysis of unsolicited patient complaints, a proxy for risk of lawsuits. Peer messengers, recognized by leaders and appropriately supported with ongoing training, high-quality data, and evidence of positive outcomes, are willing to intervene with colleagues over an extended period of time. The physician peer messenger process reduces patient complaints and is adaptable to addressing unnecessary variation in other quality/safety metrics.

Resource Type:
  • Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design:
  • Survey/Study
  • Patient Safety & Medical Errors
  • HCO