Thirty-four of the 48 constituent state medical associations and the District of Columbia Medical Society now have committees which will hear complaints from the public. The committees are commonly known as Committees on Professional Conduct but are sometimes popularly called "grievance committees." They reflect the broad interest of physicians in the welfare of their patients. They also reflect the determination of the medical associations to resolve their own problems.
The exact number of similar committees which have been organized by local medical societies is not known at this time, but a survey will be completed in the near future. Other states also are planning to develop programs to effect greater understanding between physicians and their patients. Many of the complaints that have arisen in the past are due to misunderstandings which could have been dispelled quickly if there had been opportunity to determine the causes. If a difference is due