Eminence based care

As I’ve mentioned before, I picked up the term “eminence based medicine” from Ashish Jha. It’s a great phrase. Apt, in some cases. But I worry it might be offensive to physicians. So, I did some searching and found that (a) it is not a new term and (b) physicians have used it themselves. Below are some citations.

  • David Isaacs, clinical professor, and Dominic Fitzgerald, staff physician, in a BMJ paper (1999). Very short, fun, and worth a look.
  • Darrell G. Kirch, M.D, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, in a presentation to the Institute of Medicine (2006, pdf)
  • Valentina Baltag, Véronique Filippi, and Alberta Bacci, in The International Journal for Quality in Health Care (January 2012)

There are many more. Conclusion: The term “eminence based medicine” is physician-approved, economist-recommended.


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