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July 20, 1964

Hospital Organization Seen as Barrier To Nurse-Physician Communications

JAMA. 1964;189(3):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070030085055

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The social organization of the hospital often hampers communication between physicians and nurses and this in turn creates obstacles to effective planning for patient care, the AMA Annual Convention was told.

"The notion that all one needs for effective planning is an interested nurse and an understanding physician is no longer true," Jeanne C. Quint, RN, said. Quint, assistant research sociologist, University of California Medical Center School of Nursing, San Francisco, addressed the first session on nursing ever held at an AMA Convention.

"It is the rare person today who encounters one nurse and one doctor in the course of his hospitalization, and even in small hospitals more than one person is involved in patient management," Quint said. "Individual physicians and nurses may not be at fault and, in fact, in many instances are quite unaware of the lack of communication and the consequences that flow from it."

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