Nurse practitioner peer review: process and evaluation.

S. L. Sheahan, C. Simpson, M. K. Rayens

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PURPOSE: To describe the initiation and evaluation of a nurse practitioner (NP) peer review program for a group of 15 NPs practicing at a Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. DATA SOURCES: Using a standardized review form, 15 NPs performed a peer review on a total of 163 medical records; each review was re-reviewed by 2 researchers who were also NPs. To determine the congruency of the reviews among the 15 NPs, the data were analyzed with Intraclass correlations (ICC) and ANOVA. CONCLUSIONS: A relatively low ICC (r = 0.37) was found for the 15 NPs. The ANOVA indicated that there were significant differences among the NPs (F = 11.92, p < .0001). IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The outcome of a peer review process depends upon the motivation and values of the NPs, practice sites, and standardization of the format, as well as the degree of collective participation. Peer review can reveal charting deficiencies as well as identify topics for continuing education and risk management programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-145
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)


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