Changing Roles of Doctors

ISBN-10: 1846199913
ISBN-13: 9781846199912
Edition: 2013
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Description: The profession of medicine is changing, more rapidly perhaps than many doctors think. Whether it relates to the professional power base or the changing demographics of the profession itself, both topics discussed in this book. The topics are thought  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 5/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The profession of medicine is changing, more rapidly perhaps than many doctors think. Whether it relates to the professional power base or the changing demographics of the profession itself, both topics discussed in this book. The topics are thought provoking as they should be, but all come back asking what doctors are for. This remains a key issue and one which needs discussion and debate. -- Sir Kenneth Calman, in the Foreword. This fascinating new book describes the evolution of the medical profession and how the role of the doctor and expectations of that role have changed over time. It critically examines developments in the light of both external influences such as the ageing population, patient attitudes and knowledge and government regulation, and internal changes such as the increasing knowledge base, advances in technology and changes in recruitment. Challenges in management, working environment, education and training are considered and practical recommendations for both practicing and student doctors are offered. The holistic approach is supported with contributions from both primary and secondary care practitioners together with academics and educationalists. It is highly recommended for doctors and medical students seeking new strategies for understanding and managing change. Sociologists and policy makers, too, will find the wide-ranging perspectives enlightening. Benefits: Practical, with a holistic approach to the evolution of the medical profession and how expectations of that role have changed, helping doctors and medical students seeking new strategies for understanding and managing change; Gives a broad overview by considering influences both externally (ageing population, patient attitudes and knowledge, changing roles of other health professionals, European Working Times Directive and government regulation) and internally (increasing knowledge base, advances in technology, changes in recruitment).

Foreword
About the editors
List of contributors
Drivers for change in the medical profession
The changing working environment: work patterns
Changes in postgraduate medical education and training
The shifting sands of professional power
Doctors in management
Accountability, performance and targets
The 'expert patient' and the internet
Regulation and revalidation
Interprofessional practice and rank dynamics: evolving effective team collaboration through emotional, social, occupational and spiritual intelligences
Changing demographics of the medical profession
Doctors as educators
Personal perspectives
Index

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