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The Not-My-Problem Problem

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  • Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D.

In cases in which the “bystander effect” seems to be at play in medicine, inaction by a group of clinicians usually takes the form of tacit acceptance of the status quo when the status quo isn’t working. What can social psychology teach us about such group failures?

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Names of physicians and patients have been changed to protect their privacy.

Author Affiliations

Dr. Rosenbaum is a national correspondent for the Journal.