CHARLES L. BOSK, PH.D.
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The autonomy of workers in the professions invariably leads some to ask the Platonic question: who guards the guardians? This is hardly a new question, but it is now being asked more insistently in the United States. Demands are rising for accountability from all who provide professional services; expert authority is increasingly distrusted. This new consumerism is putting pressures on government agencies charged with effective use of tax monies. These pressures have led to an ad hoc approach to regulation, with quality-control mechanisms usually devised for particular programs. The Quebec government, in sharp contrast, adopted in 1973 a new Professional
BOSK CL. Defining and Regulating the Professions: The Quebec Experience. Ann Intern Med. ;87:628–629. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-5-628
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(5):628-629.
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