Perspectives

A Loss of Distinction

Authors: Robert H. Posteraro, MD, Rubini Pasupathy, PhD

Abstract

Clarity in identification is a hallmark of medicine, in reference to the identification of patients, laboratory results, medications, and so forth. So, why, in the critical environment in which health care is delivered, are the roles and authority of healthcare providers not identifiable?

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