Physician Peer Review-NL (PPR-NL)
Peer review helps physicians to maintain standards of quality in their practice, while also identifying opportunities for quality improvement. Peer review is a requirement under the Medical Act, 2011.
The Physician Peer Review (PPR-NL) program is the College’s primary quality improvement program. PPR-NL connects physicians practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador with physician peer reviewers. PPR-NL’s review process is collaborative and collegial, and has been designed to respond to physicians’ individual practice needs. PPR-NL blends traditional elements of peer review—patient chart reviews and practice visits—with new approaches to facilitating quality improvement. By emphasizing reflection on practice and education, PPR-NL aims to highlight what physicians do well and to offer practical suggestions for improvement in identified areas. PPR-NL has been designed to help physicians focus their professional development efforts in a way that will benefit physicians’ patients and practices most.
Participants in the PPR-NL program will be asked to provide information about their practice, as well as information about their continuing professional development (CPD) history. Some program participants will undergo offsite chart reviews and/or onsite office visits. Program participants will be asked to complete an action plan to identify challenges in their practice, and to develop an accompanying plan to address those challenges.
The College launched PPR-NL starting with community-based Family Medicine in June 2021.
The program will operate on a seven-year cycle.