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Inability to perform expected tasks. Professional incompetence is a designation of physicians, nurses, etc., who are unable to perform essential tasks expected of them. Personal incompetence may be due to physical impairment or handicap, or to a mental, emotional, or personality disorder. Professional and personal incompetence may lead to public health problems. The purpose of professional qualifying examinations and periodic reassessment now widely used is to ensure that the public is protected from incompetent workers.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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