Hiearchy in Health Care

Hierarchy in healthcare vs. patient care

Have you found yourself afraid to speak up for good patient care at work, owing to the fact that you feel low on the totem pole? A recent New York Times article, Afraid to Speak Up to Medical Power, addresses hierarchies among doctors and you can bet your bottom dollar that similar power dynamics are pervasive across the healthcare field. 

While professional preoccupation with privilege can make for interesting sociological fodder, the real issue, warns the author of a courageous essay published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, is that such an overly developed sense of hierarchy comes at an unacceptable price: good patient care.
Sarah Lyon, OTR/LComment