Monday, June 02, 2008

Definition of the Week

A new, occasional feature on this blog. Terms that seem to have special relevance to the health care world.

Energetic apathy: A lot of energy and passion devoted to maintaining the status quo.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have worked at three Boston hospitals over the last 15 years, and now, periodically, at BIDMC. On my way to a meeting last week, I passed a huddle of workers brainstorming down the hall. "That is a SPIRIT call-out, if I've ever heard one!" "How should we frame the question?" Cultural shifts are painful, but something very thoughtful is happening at BIDMC that will make status quo untenable. It is good that you are impatient.

Jake Eaton said...

Hi Paul,

My name is Jake Eaton and I help produce a public radio show called Word of Mouth. One of the main goals of our shows is to foster a community where open discussion can take place. We try to do that on our blog through radio segments on a range of issues. We recently interviewed the author Julie Salamon who wrote a book on hospitals. You can find the link here: http://www.nhpr.org/node/16227. We'd love if you took a look and listen, and if you're interested, posted a link up on your blog. The community that your posts reach is the one we'd like to reach as well in fostering an extended discussion about the topic.

Thanks a lot,

Jake Eaton

H said...

Beautiful that someone has defined energetic apathy; think we now have to quantify it locally and globally.

pesha said...

I thought it said "energetic empathy" and couldn't understand the definition. Let's talk about that!

Bernie said...

I think I heard a sports announcer mentin "indolent dwfense" ib connection with someone who didn't hustle fast enough to cover a base.

Paul Levy said...

Love it. I have heard of "defensive indifference", of course, when they let a guy steal to second base in a baseball game with 2 out in the ninth.

Juan G Cendales said...

Dr levy congratulations for your blog i read it daily. I work in colombia (south america) @ ICU and as subdirector of education @ Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota (leading Hospital in my country) I have some definitions for your blog Obsolete: person well trained to work that doesn't exist. Experience: what you get when you dont obtain what you are looking for.

Paul Levy said...

Muchas gracias, Juan. (I am not a doctor, by the way.)

Anonymous said...

Exuberant apathy--misdirected and unwise energy and passion devoted to preserving the status quo.

Anonymous said...

Another related definition:

Depression- anger without the enthusiasm....author unknown