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January 26, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(4):306-307. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970390082031

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THE MEDICAL STAFF IS SELF-GOVERNING  The governing body of a hospital must obviously delegate the responsibility of medical functions to the medical staff. Only the medical staff can assume responsibility for the quality of medical care rendered to patients. In order to fully carry out this responsibility it is incumbent on every medical staff to be selfappraising and self-regulatory. Although the methods and procedures used to accomplish this must be determined by the local hospital staff, they must be predicated on fundamental principles and controls which cannot be ignored by any hospital medical staff.The Standards for Hospital Accreditation of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals places on the medical staff the responsibility for constant analysis and review of the clinical work done in a hospital. The following help the staff to carry out this responsibility:Selection of those physicians recommended for staff appointments and hospital privileges.The

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