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New Health Research Group Study Examines Physician Sexual Misconduct in the National Practitioner Data Bank

February 3, 2016

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Published today in PLOS ONE, the study shows that only a small number of physicians (n=1,039) were reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank due to sexual misconduct — that have led to sanctions by medical boards, hospitals or other health care organizations, or have led to malpractice payments — over a recent almost 10-year period. Interestingly, state medical boards did not take any actions against two thirds of the physicians with sanctions by hospitals or other health care organizations or malpractice payments related to this unethical behavior.

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