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March 12, 1982

Physician-Nurse Relationships

JAMA. 1982;247(10):1407-1408. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320350021016

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To the Editor.—  In his editorial on "The Generation Gap" (1981;246:872), Leonard B. Berman, MD, asked, "Does anybody know of a hospital that has a committee dedicated to physician-nurse relationships?" Yes, Dr Berman, there are hospitals where joint committees of nurses and physicians meet to discuss their respective practices. Fourteen hospitals in Connecticut, nearly half of all those in the state, now have collaborative practice committees. These are usually composed of equal numbers of physicians and nurses and function at the institutional, departmental, or unit level, depending on the size of the institution.Collaborative or joint practice committees provide a forum for discussion and agreement on patient care issues that are influenced by the way that nurses and physicians practice. Such forums stimulate exchanges of beliefs and values about patient care that allow the practitioners involved to understand how each profession regards itself and its contribution to patient care, to