Medical Professionalism from the Patient's Perspective: Is There an Advocate in the House?
Patient Care and Professionalism, Chapter 1, pp. 1-18, Edited by Catherine D. DeAngelis. Published by Oxford University Press, 2014
12 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2014 Last revised: 28 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 23, 2014
The medical profession, like other guilds, was left to define it's own notions of professionalism relatively unfettered, from the earliest days until the modern era. But from the time when "patients" were patient, until now, much has changed for physicians and the patients they see. Professionalism in medicine, once delineated by twin notions of "autonomy" and "altruism," is now being reexamined to see if more collaborative values such as "interdependence," "team-based care" and "advocacy" might find a home there.
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