I'd like to confirm if the use of 'thus' is correct in the following passage. If it's not, please explain why, and what an alternative would be.

I believe the most important mission of a healthcare provider is to deliver the most effective and safe medical services to patients. Thus it would be the basic principle that all the strategies and activities of a healthcare provider should be patient centered.

  • Apart from thus, I would also suggest that you change “it would be the basic principle” to “it should be the basic principle” in the second sentence. It does not really make sense to explain what something would (hypothetically) be based on what you describe as a general belief of your own—it makes much more sense to explain how that general belief leads you to conclude that things ought to be, ideally. Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 16:44

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Thus vs Therefore vs Hence

Thus and therefore can both work in some situations, but I believe therefore would be a more appropriate word for you in this particular context.

Thus means in this/that way - it relates to HOW - the manner in which - this or that happens or comes about. It has a practical flavour. eg. Burke knocked out Byrne, thus becoming champion (consequently)

Therefore means for this reason, or because of this or that - it relates to deductive reasoning, it tells WHY this or that is so, or happened. eg. i He was late and therefore missed the bus = he was late and for this reason missed the bus. ii Payment was received two weeks after it was due; therefore, you will be charged a late fee.

Hence means from this/that - it relates to WHERE - position, or point in time; it tells from where or what, or to where or what, something comes, derives, or goes. eg. He wrote to his sister, hence his pride.

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    +1 - nice answer. Just wanted to add that hence is also defined as for this reason; therefore (handmade and hence expensive) as well as from this time/source. Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 15:43
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    Even better in the present context would be, I feel, as such, which deals less with a reason than a presumed acknowledgment of some state or fact: “accepting that this is so”. Since the second sentence in the paragraph builds on the first as a general basis, rather than an actual reason as such, as such fits the sentiment better to my ear. Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 16:41

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