Although we may be wrong about the details, we should try to imagine what the future holds for hospital consultants.
The days of the independent consultant in the same post for 30 years are over, and there will be a change from « the » consultant to a few tiers of senior staff.
Patients will increasingly demand to see specialists, so more specialists will be needed.
As patients and their advocates become better informed the traditional rationing of clinical care to patients in Britain, such as restricting access to specialists, cannot continue.
There is a current trend for evidence based health care, but the idea that each element of medical practice can be dictated by systematic evidence based research will prove to be naïve-such research informs practice rather than dictates it.
Science will continue to act as the guide to medical practice but specialists will not be turned into a set of logical operators running programs designed by health planners.
Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Homme, Spécialité médicale, Médecine générale, Demande, Malade, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Human, Medical specialty, Internal medicine, Demand, Patient, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0248016
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.