Feb 24, 2010

TMA Stands Up for Patient Safety

Physician assistants can't hire their bosses and it's not safe for chiropractors to perform and interpret vestibular diagnostic tests. Those are the patient safety and scope of practice messages TMA delivered to state regulators in February.


Marshall Burt said...

"......the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts."

Journal Of The American Medical Association...Volume 302 #1..July 1, 2009...page 89 - 91

Marshall Burt said...

The TMA should stop the turf warring behavior. Doctors have little cause to be turf warriors. Please focus more on better patroling yourselves.

"All the good things....they don't teach us in medical school, because the drug companies pay for our education."
Dr. John Sessions M.D.]

"......about relationships between drug companies and medical students.."

".....anonymous survey to 1143 third-year students at 8 US medical schools...."

".....exposure for each student was 1 gift or sponsored activity per week."

".....93.2%) were asked or required by a physician to attend at least 1 sponsored lunch."

".....80.3%) believed that they were entitled to gifts."

"Of 183 students who thought a gift valued at less than $50 was inappropriate, 86.3% had accepted one. The number of students who simultaneously believed that sponsored grand rounds are educationally helpful and are likely to be biased was....59.6%."

"85.6% did not know if their school had a policy on these relationships. In a national survey of student affairs deans, among the 99 who knew their policy status, only 10.1% reported having school-wide policies about these interactions.

"Student experiences and attitudes suggest that as a group they are at risk for unrecognized influence by marketing efforts. Research should focus on evaluating methods to limit these experiences and affect the development of students' attitudes to ensure that physicians' decisions are based solely on helping each patient achieve the greatest possible benefit."
F.S. Sierles, et al
Medical students' exposure to and attitudes about drug company interactions: a national survey
Journal Of The American Medical Association......Volume 294 #9.....September 7, 2005....page 103

Texas Medical Association said...

Thank you for your comments, Marshall. Looks like we're all quite concerned about patient safety, just have different perspectives on what health care professionals need to know to provide safe, quality care for patients.