Ethics, standards, and TQM. Botticelli, M G 2019-07-02T15:58:27Z 2019-07-02T15:58:27Z 1995-04
dc.description.abstract The most important ethical issue for our profession is the responsibility to assure the care delivered by our colleagues and ourselves meets a self-imposed standard of excellence. There is anecdotal and experimental evidence that we have not fulfilled this obligation. Peer review has proven, for a number of reasons, to be ineffective; however, improvements in the epidemiologic sciences should provide better standards and total quality management (TQM) might prove to be of value in monitoring, comparing and improving the decisions made by physicians. Its promise lies in its emphasis on statistical analysis, its focus on systematic rather than human error, and its use of outcomes as standards. These methods, however, should not diminish our other professional responsibilities: Altruism, peer review, and in Hippocrates' words "to prescribe regimens for the good of our patients-and never do harm to anyone."
dc.identifier.issn 0017-8594
dc.identifier.pubmed 7601666
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.mesh Ethics, Medical
dc.subject.mesh Hawaii
dc.subject.mesh Peer Review, Health Care
dc.subject.mesh Total Quality Management
dc.title Ethics, standards, and TQM.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.number 4
prism.pagerange 469-71
prism.publicationname Hawaii medical journal
prism.volume 54
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