Doctors in Management



Developing doctors as managers successfully depends on understanding what differences and similarities there are between management and medicine. As a first step in bringing them together some agreement is needed on a shared value system (Mark, 1995). Medicine has an explicit value system and code of ethics still largely based on the Hippocratic oath and its modern equivalents; managers however have only lately attempted to structure a value system (IHSM, 1994) in common with the more general thrust in society towards establishing an ethical basis to managerial activities. The difference between these two sets of values, and the feared erosion of medical power and values by management (White, 1993), has been the foundation of much of the conflict which has existed so far between management and medicine and is also in part responsible for the latest review of core values in medicine (BMA, 1995).


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