Reconsider the Use of Terms of “Provider” and “Ancillary”

Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH, Director of the ReACH Center, recently commented on a viewpoint published on the JAMA network, “Promoting Trust and Morale by Changing How the Word Provider Is Used.” In the article, the authors made a point that the word “provider” sounds offensive, ambiguous, and confusing. Dr. Tsevat’s comment calls out how the term “ancillary” also suggests an unnecessary hierarchy among the care team.  “Ancillary providers deserve our full respect as essential partners on the healthcare team,” he writes. “As we push to get rid of the term provider, let’s get rid of the term ancillary, too.”

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