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Submitting a Narrative

Clearly describing the events that led to the reportable action is an important step in submitting a report to the NPDB. The narrative description must include sufficient detail to ensure that future queriers have a clear understanding of what the subject of the report is alleged to have done, and the nature of/reasons for the event upon which the report is based.

Narrative descriptions should:

  • Be limited to statements of fact
  • Summarize the official findings of the action taken
  • State the facts of the case
  • Include a description of the circumstances that led to the action taken
  • Be no longer than 4,000 characters

Narrative descriptions must not include:

  • URLs or references to external websites
  • The proper names of or identifying information about any individual except the subject of the report. Individuals may be characterized in general terms (such as "the patient," "the chief of staff," etc.)

Entities may wish to consult with their legal counsel regarding the wording of the narrative before submitting reports to the NPDB.

Examples of Factually-Sufficient Narratives

After review of the physician's cases, the Peer Review Panel determined that Dr. Doe was not competent to perform laparoscopies. Laparoscopic privileges were revoked. All other privileges were maintained.

Privileges were suspended for 6 months and the physician was placed on probation for 2 years for failing to maintain sterile conditions in the operating room and by neglecting to follow required operating room protocols.

Violation of State Code Section 432(b): failure to meet continuing education requirements. By State Code, failure to meet continuing education requirements is considered to be "unprofessional conduct."

A nurse practitioner filed a complaint with her supervisor that a physician allegedly made a number of unsolicited sexual advances. An ad hoc committee was formed to investigate her allegations. A few hours before the ad hoc committee was to meet, the physician in question submitted a written resignation to the Chief of Medical Staff.

The Board was investigating this practitioner for allegedly diverting drugs for personal use. To avoid further investigation, the licensee agreed to voluntarily surrender her license. The practitioner has also agreed to the surrender of her right to reapply for a license for a minimum of 2 years.