When Clinicians Lead

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Executive Summary

Health care systems that are serious about transforming themselves must harness the energies of their clinicians as organizational leaders. The health care industry faces daunting challenges. Across developed countries, cost inflation continues unchecked; the average US household, for example, spends more on health insurance than on mortgage repayments. Starting from isolated pockets of excellence and innovation, clinical leadership still has a long road to travel. But it is an essential road for both clinicians and their patients. A deep commitment to patient care and to traditional clinical skills will always remain the core of a clinician's identity. To achieve the best and most sustainable quality of care, however, a commitment to building high-performing organizations must complement these traditional values.

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