'Should doctors who spread misinformation lose their credentials? This group thinks so'

11 June, 2022

As the World mostly return societies to normal, one key issue that will remain for a long time is the impact of misinformation especially when the`vendors are medica doctors. It is worthy of scrutiny as the piece below shows in the USA. 

'Should doctors who spread misinformation lose their credentials? This group thinks so'

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Published Jun 2, 2022


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Here’s what we’re talking about this week.

The internet is filled with misinformation.

It comes from all corners – and sometimes it even comes from physicians themselves, who’ve given fuel to conspiracy theories ranging from dismissing the efficiencyof masks to attacking the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Now the group that credentials physicians in internal medicine and its subspecialties is pushing back against doctors who go against widely-accepted scientific consensus. 

The American Board of Internal Medicine earlier this month announced that it would enforce a longstanding policy against physicians who engage in “unethical or unprofessional behavior” — which now includes spreading falsehoods.

In an interview, Dr. Richard Baron, ABIM’s president, declined to disclose how many doctors have been cited for spreading misinformation, pointing to the confidentiality of the process. But the ABIM statement said the move would affect a “tiny minority of ABIM certified physicians.”

Our conversation also touched on why the group is making this move, what the process looks like and whether doctors have a responsibility to address medical misinformation on their own social media accounts.

The transcript below has been edited for length and clarity...


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria, established by HRI Global (former HRIWA). In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hri-global.org. Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Website: www.hri-global.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.



Email: info@hri-global.org and jneana@yahoo.co.uk