Edvin Schei is associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Norway, and Eric Cassell is emeritus professor of public health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Clinicians’ Power and Leadership
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
© 2012 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 42, Issue 6, page inside back cover, November-December 2012
How to Cite
Schei, E. and Cassell, E. (2012), Clinicians’ Power and Leadership. Hastings Center Report, 42: inside back cover. doi: 10.1002/hast.97
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
Despite medical leaders’ increasing acceptance of the idea that the whole person should be the focus of care, empirical studies show clinicians generally remain focused on narrower goals: disease categories, standardized treatment procedures, and objective measurements of health improvements. We assume doctors want to do a good job, consistent with their perception of the goals and norms of their profession, so they practice medicine based on the illusion that clinical medicine is “knowledge treating disease,” not people treating people. We believe that doctors’ seeming reduction of patients to clinical objects results from not seeing themselves as leaders for their patients or accepting their constructive power in clinical encounters.