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September 24, 1982

Hospital Surveys-Reply

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1452. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120022023

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In Reply.—  The notion that one short article could lead psychiatrists to come to a conclusion is heady stuff. Be calm, Dr Menninger, the JCAH is safe. Let me restate the article's two points. First, the excess of time and energy poured into the survey visit by the hospital is wasteful (and ritualistic). Second, the application of the same set of standards to cover both the Massachusetts General Hospital and East Elsewhere General Hospital strains the credibility of those standards (reason). The commission has been a force for good in an evil world. It could be even more so with a little more thought and discussion.