Thursday, May 26, 2005

Hoffman on Lay Interference

Paul Hofmann, erstwhile health care executive and now senior ethicist to the health care management community provides the following in response to the recent posting Rethinking Lay Interference:

“One of the reasons too many health care executives are reluctant to be more assertive in addressing clinical problems is they view themselves as lay people who can and should defer to clinicians. I contend these executives, feeling intimidated, insecure and/or uncertain, sadly have abdicated one of their most important responsibilities - being a highly visible and effective patient advocate. Perhaps naively, I would still like to believe that the majority of health care executives have been attracted to the profession because it provides a wonderful opportunity to contribute to improving the quality of life for others. Consequently, I remain mystified and disappointed when I hear or read about executives who knew or should have known about significant clinical deficiencies and have managed to rationalize their non-involvement.”

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