A study of 35 nonprofessional helpers, identified as community "guides," focused on the contribution each made to helping marginalized individuals and families become a part of their communities. The lessons learned through these lay helpers can inform a postmodern social work practice that promotes the use of indigenous practice principles appropriate for work with and in culturally distinct communities. The practice wisdom of these guides demonstrates a need for professionals to reposition themselves in the associational life of a community, and to make their practice less visible. It is shown that an effective community-building practice that respects community solutions to individual and community problems requires permeable boundaries on the part of intervening professionals.
The CMA believes that prescribing data that identify individual physicians should be used in a manner that does not breach the privacy of patients or of physicians in their personal or professional lives. To address this concern, the CMA has developed the following set of principles for the compilation, sale and other commercial use of data on individual physician prescribers.