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Medical News & Perspectives
October 28, 1998

Prison Deaths Spotlight How Boards Handle Impaired, Disciplined Physicians

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JAMA. 1998;280(16):1387-1390. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1387

THE DEATHS in recent years of several prison inmates under the care of physicians with records of criminal or professional misconduct has critics calling on medical licensing boards to be more vigilalnt in protecting patients from physicians who commit serious offenses.

Stronger safeguards are needed generally, critics argue, but prison populations are particularly vulnerable. In some cases, rehabilitating physician offenders has included licensure restrictions that led them to jobs in correctional settings, where surging inmate populations have sorely stressed medical staffing and care.

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