Systematic review: the relationship between clinical experience and quality of health care.

Choudhry NK, Fletcher RH, Soumerai SB. Systematic review: the relationship between clinical experience and quality of health care. Ann Intern Med. 2005; 142:260.

The study examined the belief that physicians with more years in practice have accumulated knowledge and skills that permit them to deliver higher-quality care. However, there was an inverse relationship between the number of years that a physician had been in practice and the quality of care that they provided. The authors concluded that:

  • Physicians who have been in practice longer may be at risk for providing lower-quality care. As a result, they may need quality improvement interventions.