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Factors which Facilitate or Impede Transfer of Medical Functions from Physicians to Paramedical Personnel

Leo Levy
Journal of Health and Human Behavior
Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring, 1966), pp. 50-54
DOI: 10.2307/2948679
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948679
Page Count: 5
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Factors which Facilitate or Impede Transfer of Medical Functions from Physicians to Paramedical Personnel
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Abstract

It is the major contention of this paper that one avenue of approach to the problem of a shortage of physicians in the U.S.A. is the proper utilization of paramedical personnel. Physicians tend to resist the transfer of traditional medical functions to others for a variety of reasons which are discussed. These factors are: conservatism, economic self-interest and specialization; the issue of "final medical responsibility"; delegation versus surrender of function; and comprehensiveness of function. Decreasing resistance in the future is posited and reasons discussed.

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