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Organized Practice and the Quality of Medical Care

John M. Eisenberg and Andrea Kabcenell
Inquiry
Vol. 25, No. 1, The Challenge of Quality (Spring 1988), pp. 78-89
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29771933
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Larger, more complex medical care organizations have the inherent capability to improve the quality of the care they deliver because of the improved competency that follows higher volumes of service, the interdependence of staff, and the emergence of responsible leadership in large organizations. The potential for slackened physician-patient relationships, however, could jeopardize that quality. We suggest that professional associations can counterbalance the negative influences of large organizations. We envision that the changing political and economic environment of medical practice, along with the greater professional and public scrutiny of care in highly visible large organizations, will act together to exert pressure on organized practices to examine and demonstrate quality clinical practice.

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