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JAMA. 1987 Dec 11;258(22):3279-82.

The deprofessionalization of medicine. Causes, effects, and responses.

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Reed Medical Group, Chartered, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Abstract

In this article, we examine the components of medical professionalism; identify the roots of the loss of professional autonomy by physicians in the United States--a process that, in effect, is leading to the deprofessionalization of American medicine; discuss why such deprofessionalization is undesirable for the society; and explore three health care delivery systems and their effects on deprofessionalization. We suggest that a system based on organizations set up and directed by physicians will be the system that best preserves medical professionalism and serves the public interest.

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3682117
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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