Remediation Programs for Regulated Health Care Professionals: A Scoping Review Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Purpose: Clinical competence is essential for providing safe, competent care and is regularly assessed to ensure health care practitioners maintain competence. When deficiencies in competence are identified, practitioners may undergo remediation. However, there is limited evidence regarding the effectiveness of remediation programs. The purpose of this review is to examine the purpose, format, and outcomes of remediation programs for regulated health care practitioners. Methods: All six stages of the scoping review process as recommended by Levac et al were undertaken. A search was conducted within MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, ERIC, gray literature databases, and websites of Canadian provincial regulatory bodies. Emails were sent to Registrars of Canadian regulatory bodies to supplement data gathered from their websites. Results: A total of 14 programs were identified, primarily for physicians (n = 8). Reasons for remediation varied widely, with some programs identifying multiple reasons for referral such as deficiencies in recordkeeping (n = 7) and clinical skills (n = 6). Most programs (n = 9) were individualized to address specific deficiencies in competence. The process of remediation followed three stages: (1) assessment, (2) active remediation, and (3) reassessment. Most programs (n = 12) reported that remediation was effective in improving competence. Conclusions: Regulatory bodies should consider implementing individualized remediation programs to ensure that clinicians' deficiencies in competence are addressed effectively. Further research is indicated, using reliable and valid outcome measures to assess competence immediately after remediation programs and beyond.


  • Kennedy, Geneva
  • Jacobs, Nicole
  • Freemark, Lily
  • Madan, Simran
  • Chan, Natalie
  • Tran, Yvonne
  • Miller, Pat

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  • 2022