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July 2, 2018

The patient perspective in health care networks

Region: Europe Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment Source: BMC Medical Ethics

Health care organization is entering a new age. Focus is increasingly shifting from individual health care institutions to interorganizational collaboration and health care networks. Much hope is set on such networks which have been argued to improve economic efficiency and quality of care. However, this does not automatically mean they are always ethically justified. A relevant question that remains is what ethical obligations or duties one can ascribe to these networks especially because networks involve many risks. Due to their often amorphous and complex structure, collective responsibility and accountability may increase while individual responsibility goes down