for the Study of
Healthcare Organizations & Transactions
Healthcare is no longer a
matter of physicians and their patients. The changing organization of the
healthcare industry means that healthcare consumers routinely interact with many
kinds of professionals. However, consumers are not alone in coping with
the changes that are occurring in healthcare today. Many professionals have
experienced changes in their traditional roles as well. For example:
TREND 1: Increasingly, healthcare providers of all types no longer practice alone or in small groups. Rather, they are members of large corporate enterprises, sometimes operating for profit. In these enterprises, diagnosis and treatment are not medical "arts", where intuition and creativity can play a large part.
TREND 2: Providers must diagnose their patients according to predetermined categories, conform their treatments to practice guidelines and other standards of care, and prescribe drugs within the constraints of institutional formularies.
TREND 3: Prescribed treatments must have demonstrated efficacy. And, selection among effective treatments must be guided by considerations of cost and efficiency.
Patients are no longer passive recipients of healthcare services. These changes mean that healthcare providers of all types need to learn more than anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and surgical techniques.
Accordingly, the curricula of professional schools and continuing-education programs must be revised and expanded in order to convey to healthcare providers the new knowledge and attitudes they will need to practice appropriately in the new environment.
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John F. Kihlstrom, PhD
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