At the time of the Colloquium, Dr. Cushner was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Women's Health at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health at the UCLA School of Public Health. He was renowned as professor, clinician, researcher, and author within the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, public health, ethics, family life and development, and human sexuality. Dr. Cushner died April 7, 1986.
The Health Care Team: A Physician's Perspective
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1986 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 216–218, September-October 1986
How to Cite
Cushner, I. (1986), The Health Care Team: A Physician's Perspective. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 31: 216–218. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(86)90005-4
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
A primary health care system for women must be established that provides universal access to all women within the larger context of a system that guarantees optimal health care for everyone. Its providers must maintain the highest quality of clinical and ethical standards. Provisions also must be made for the legal protection of both the providers and recipients of such health services.
An ideal primary health care team for women would include nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, family practice physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists, mental health professionals, health educators, nutritionists, social workers, and any other tertiary care specialists that are needed. Each of these groups has a very special contribution, and collaboration by all is essential.