External review in quality assurance

R. E. Darnell, D. H. Fitch

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This paper describes the application of external review to a physical therapy practice setting. The roots of the approach are examined in terms of consultation, accountability, and recognition of professionalization in physical therapy. The use of the structured interview as a data-gathering instrument is presented and the estimating of validity, reliability, and practicality is discussed. Implications for the use of external review as a tool in quality assurance are explored.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)559-63
JournalPhysical Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1980


  • Clinical Competence Ethics, Institutional Physical Therapy Department, Hospital/organization & administration *Physical Therapy Modalities *Quality Assurance, Health Care *Quality of Health Care Referral and Consultation

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