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3 Health Matrix 309 (1993)
Consumers, Complaints, and Professional Discipline: A Look at Medical Licensure Boards

handle is hein.journals/hmax3 and id is 315 raw text is: HEALTH MATRIX:
The Journal of Law-Medicine
CONSUMERS, COMPLAINTS,
AND PROFESSIONAL
DISCIPLINE: A LOOK AT
MEDICAL LICENSURE
BOARDS
Timothy S. Jost, J.D.
Linda Mulcahy, L.L.B.
Stephen Strasser, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Larry A. Sachs, M.S., Ph.D. t
I. INTRODUCTION
STATE MEDICAL LICENSURE boards perform the important
functions of investigating allegations that physicians are incom-
petent or have behaved unprofessionally and of taking disciplinary
action where such allegations are substantiated. Given the impor-
tance of these tasks, it is surprising that very little is known about
how well boards are able to perform them. Most discussion about
the effectiveness of medical boards has been based on counts of dis-
t Timothy S. Jost holds the Newton D. Baker, Baker & Hostetter Chair at the Ohio
State University College of Law; J.D., University of Chicago. Linda Mulcahy is a senior
research fellow in law and health policy at South Bank University, London and an associate
researcher in law at the Centre for Socio-legal Studies at Wolfson College, Oxford. Stephen
Strasser is at the Department of Hospital and Health Services Administration at Ohio State
University; Ph.D., University of Michigan; M.P.H., University of Michigan. Larry A. Sachs
is an associate professor at the School of Allied Medical Professions at the Ohio State Univer-
sity; M.S., University of Arkansas; Ph.D., Ohio State University. The authors wish to thank
Joan Wehrle, Public Inquiries Officer of the State Medical Board of Ohio; Brenda Gaynor
and Stephanie Kramer who assisted with data entry and processing; Professors Craig
McEwen and Sally Lloyd-Bostock, who offered helpful comments on an earlier draft, and
Judi-Lynn Poisson, who assisted in developing graphics.

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