Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year: A Celebration of Hope

A very Happy New Year to all of our readers from all of us here at the Women's Bioethics Blog -- I love ringing in the new year, it always hold so much promise. For what can we hope to make it a healthier, more ethical New Year? A few things come to mind:

- Transparency -- I just learned this phrase I had not heard before: "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" and for just about every profession, from academia to health care to the justice system, the metaphor holds true.

- Accountability -- a corollary to the above concept -- as a fellow blogger over at the Healthcare blog notes: "
The main value of transparency is not necessarily to enable easier consumer choice or to give a hospital a competitive edge. It is to provide creative tension within hospitals so that they hold themselves accountable. This accountability is what will drive doctors, nurses, and administrators to seek constant improvements in the quality and safety of patient care."

A step towards healing our broken health care system in the US. (as Art notes in his editorial cited below).

-- Tell us, what do you hope for in 2008?

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