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[The delegation of medical services: is it a Trojan horse?].

Authors
  • Hoffmann, R
  • Thielemann, F
  • Wirtz, D C
  • Niethard, F U
  • Siebert, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Der Unfallchirurg
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
111
Issue
5
Pages
367–370
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00113-008-1423-y
PMID: 18389198
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Delegation of medical treatment and responsibility from doctors to nonphysicians are being advocated more and more by public health politicians. The opinion of the German Union of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery is outlined. Definitions for treatment areas that cannot or may be delegated are presented. Physicians must be spared from overloading of administrative work. Delegating must not result in deterioration of patient care or destruction of the medical profession. Options and risks of delegation are discussed.

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