0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
ARTICLE |

In the Patient's Best Interest: Women and the Politics of Medical Decisions

Rose Laub Coser, PhD
JAMA. 1989;261(15):2264. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420150114050.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

ABSTRACT

In the sociological analysis of doctorpatient relationships, the classic sociological theory, articulated by Talcott Parsons, states that physicians, in contrast to businesspeople, for example, are not self-oriented; rather, they are oriented to act in the interest of their patients. To the objection that many physicians do indeed act in their own self-interest, it is argued that the classic definition refers to institutionalized social norms and is not taken to mean that there aren't people who deviate from it.

In this book the author, rejecting the classic definition, meets it on its own terms: she does not try to show up individual shortcomings in the doctor-patient relationship, but rests her case on institutionalized normative behavior. She shows that it is expected by both partners in the interaction, physicians and patients alike, that the former will use their institutional authority to define the patients' interests.

Having selected as her problem of investigation

Topics

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

CME
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();