Invited Commentary

Commentary on "A Loss of Distinction"

Authors: G. Richard, Holt MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics

Abstract

I was intrigued by the topic of the article in this month’s issue by Posteraro and Pasupathy on the potential loss of distinction for the patient of the expanding number of doctoral degrees in the healthcare profession and the possible impact upon the patient from confusion and misunderstanding.1 Secondary to this topic is a discussion of the various “uniforms” worn by healthcare providers and workers and how they might contribute to patient uncertainties. The authors also present their suggestions about how the confusion of titles and training might be reduced in the clinical setting.

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References

1. Posteraro RH, Pasupathy R. A loss of distinction. South Med J 2014;107:469-470.