Strengthening Health Care Through Professionalism

Strengthening Health Care Through Professionalism


The ABIM Foundation works to improve the quality of health
care by strengthening professionalism. That’s
a really unique approach to making health care better. It
says that fundamentally doctors want to do the right thing, that part of being an effective
physician is doing the right thing, and knowing what the right thing to do
is. The foundation in working and the space of stewardship thinking about choosing wisely as a
campaign, took on something that was hard to talk
about but we took it on at a time that it was
becoming critical that doctors talk about in America because the cost of health care such a
huge policy issue and driving change that the federal
government driving change at state government forcing
choices we don’t want to make between education and Medicaid at the state level between various defense or job creation opportunities at
the federal level and health care and it would be one
thing if the health care was entirely necessary, but choosing wisely
talks about a large space of health care activity that even the
professionals who set expectations for what good doctors do knew that things are being done that
don’t need to be done that may be hurting patients. They’re
being done a lot and by focusing on those things we found a place to really make a
difference and activate a kind of professionalism that was new

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