Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Why Abstraction in Medicine is Dangerous

In the book Leaders Eat Last  Simon Sinek explores the peril of abstraction by leaders.

Abstraction separates leaders from the impact that words and actions have on others and leads us down a potentially dangerous path.

The same holds true for leaders in healthcare. When patients are seen us units of throughput (admissions/discharges), physicians are valued by clinical RVUs and safety events are summarized as numbers on a spreadsheet, abstraction occurs. 

Physician leaders in healthcare should remain clinically engaged, they should walk the walk and talk the talk, as I have previously explored here.

To not do so separates us from our patients, colleagues and the impact of our leadership decisions.