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<i>Professional issues</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0012
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This chapter considers the role of professionals in improving health and health care. There is a discussion on the definition of a profession, the purpose of medicine, and the role of the doctor. The characteristics of a profession are defined, and the importance of medical education set out. How professions are organized and how specialties develop is discussed together with the future, and value, of specialisation. Ethical issues form an important part in defining a profession and the role of ‘oaths’ and statements of values discussed. The Hippocratic Oath, and a new version of it, is used as an example. Professional education, including continuing professional development is part of this whole process, and there is a discussion on the purpose of medical education. The distinction is made between education and training and the discussion centres on the role of the curriculum, and the assessment of competence. Teamwork is discussed the final section of this chapter and it is seem as a central component of a modern health care service.

Keywords: professions; education; specialisation; Hippocratic Oath; curriculum; competence; teamwork; ethics

Chapter.  15136 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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