RUDOLPH J. NAPODANO, M.D.
To the editor: The Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation recently adopted changes in the wording of Standard VII of the Medical Staff Section: "Where there is a medical staff policy that permits patient care orders to be written by the house staff, the policy must not be extended to prohibit orders being written by the patient's private physician without his agreement. This should be made clear in the medical staff by-laws, rules and regulations" (1). This standard does protect the rights and privileges of the medical attending staff and also, seemingly, those of the patient.
NAPODANO RJ. Accreditation Standards and House-Staff Teaching. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:653. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-5-653_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(5):653.
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