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Why doctors should stop speaking the language of war

October 1, 2019

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As soon as the microphone opened for Q&A at a conference I recently attended in New York City, a physician in the audience began his question with, “As a front-line physician.” Another asked from the perspective of someone “in the trenches.” And a third wondered how to provide medical care when we are getting “bombarded by mandates.”

As I speak to physicians across the country, I am increasingly jarred by these military metaphors. Such phrases permeate the language used by medical professionals everywhere. Terms drawn from war corrode the foundation of patient care and produce a victim mentality in physicians and staff, inhibiting improvement and change.

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