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What is a practice monitor?

Posted March 15, 2023

A practice monitor is responsible for providing direct and/or indirect oversight to a physician whose practice is being monitored by CPSA for one or more reasons to maintain patient safety. Practice monitors observe all aspects of the monitored physician’s behaviour and provide beneficial, constructive support. CPSA enlists practice monitors as a mechanism for feedback to ensure the monitored physician is practising safely and effectively balancing their health with their clinical responsibilities.

Practice monitors’ duties consist of, but are not limited to, providing feedback, meeting with the monitored physician, watching for signs of concern (e.g., signs of impairment, poor decision making, noncompliance to practice conditions, etc.), advising CPSA of urgent concerns and providing verbal or written reports to CPSA’s Physician Health Monitoring program (PHMP) upon request.