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Survey reveals that the best hospitals are run by doctors

Hospitals with above-average performance are usually directed by a doctor rather than an administrator

 
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The high-performing hospitals are usually directed by a doctor rather than an administrator. This is the conclusion of a new study in the United States about what constitutes a good hospital. The research is the first of its kind and the findings go against a trend of all modern western world which is to place experienced managers - not those with a medical degree - in front of hospitals.

Amanda Goodall, a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, built a detailed database of over 300 leading hospitals in the United States. After tracing the career and personal history of each manager. The research focused particularly on the performance of each hospital in the areas of cancer, digestive disorders and heart surgery.

The study shows that rates of hospital quality of care is managed by approximately 25% higher than average.

Goodall said: "Over the past decades there has been an increasing tendency for boards to hospital administrators indicate their CEOs. These results raise some warning signs about this trend."

Dr. Barry Silbaugh, CEO of the American College of Physician Executives, said: "We're seeing the research of Dr. Goodall with caution, as this seems to finally offer a true evidence base to have a doctor in hospital management. This is somewhat long that support them. "

Goodall noted that more research was needed so that we can truly understand the relation of cause and effect. The study, a cross-section, used data from 2009. "This is an intriguing pattern, but these results from a single point in time, do not prove that the doctors are the best managers of hospitals. Further research following a series of hospitals over time is an urgent need," she said.

Source: Isaude.net
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