Doctors & Sex Abuse: Fact-checking the National Practitioner Data Bank
A former sports doctor was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing several patients at two different St. Louis County offices. A woman who recorded a visit to the office of a doctor who was later accused of sexually assaulting several patients spoke to News 4 Tuesday. Log In. Keep it Clean.
How common is doctor sex abuse? Journalist's discovery in Georgia sparked AJC's national investigation. When a system is broken, 'I can't trust those in power'. Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley talks about this project.
In an effort to understand why the AJC found so many more doctors accused of sexual misconduct than the only national repository of physician misconduct, the newspaper decided to fact-check some specific cases. We created a program that took what we knew about a physician — such as which states disciplined physicians on which dates — and identified possible matches in the public version of the data bank. We then examined those physicians individually against the more detailed information in our collections of data and documents to identify a possible match with a high level of confidence. The AJC found more interesting cases in using documents and the data bank to try to learn why hospitals reported so few disciplinary actions each year:.