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March 7, 1980

Allied Health Education

JAMA. 1980;243(9):901-909. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300350057005

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This section was prepared by the staff of the Department of Allied Health Evaluation.

COOPERATION IN ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION AND ACCREDITATION Health Care: A Collaborative Effort  The extensive American Medical Association's participation in the complex allied health education and accreditation processes represents a culmination of nearly 50 years of involvement, characterized by flexibility in responding to the constantly changing needs of the health care delivery system and to astonishing technological advances. The emergence, growth, and acceptance of the team approach, indicating the transformation of the allied health professional from assistant to partner, has paralleled this participation. Although the management and coordination of health care provision remain the moral and legal responsibility of the physician, most health care today is provided through the team approach.The team approach gained impetus in 1933, when a medical specialty society and an allied health organization requested AMA collaboration in setting standards for allied health