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Seeing the system inside-out


Sax, Hugo (2012). Seeing the system inside-out. Reflections, 12(3):12-18.

Abstract

When Dr. Hugo Sax, a physician and the head of infection control for a hospital in Switzerland, entered the hospital as a patient, he had the rare opportunity to see a healthcare system from the other side. His experience brought into sharp relief the communication gaps and barriers to change that exist in most medical settings despite the best intentions of the staff. Equally surprising to Hugo was the ease with which he found himself falling into a dependent role, reluctant to question those responsible for his medical care or point out lapses in protocol that he witnessed. While his surgery was successful, Dr. Sax came away with more questions than answers about the ability of healthcare professionals and patients to navigate the complexities of caring for the individual as a whole.

Abstract

When Dr. Hugo Sax, a physician and the head of infection control for a hospital in Switzerland, entered the hospital as a patient, he had the rare opportunity to see a healthcare system from the other side. His experience brought into sharp relief the communication gaps and barriers to change that exist in most medical settings despite the best intentions of the staff. Equally surprising to Hugo was the ease with which he found himself falling into a dependent role, reluctant to question those responsible for his medical care or point out lapses in protocol that he witnessed. While his surgery was successful, Dr. Sax came away with more questions than answers about the ability of healthcare professionals and patients to navigate the complexities of caring for the individual as a whole.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:15 Feb 2013 09:21
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 18:57
Publisher:Society for Organizational Learning
ISSN:1524-1734
Official URL:http://www.solonline.org/?page=Reflections
Related URLs:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sol/solj/2012/00000012/00000003/art00004

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