Swedish medical students' views of the changing professional role of medical doctors and the organisation of health care
2004 (English)In: Advances in Health Sciences Education, ISSN 1382-4996, E-ISSN 1573-1677, Vol. 9, no 1, 5-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Medical students will influence future health care considerably. Their professional orientation while at medical school will be related to their future professional development. Therefore, it is important to study this group's view of the role of medical doctors, especially because Swedish health care is currently undergoing major changes and financial cut backs. Here, the theoretical framework was contemporary theories of competence development, which has shown that people's understanding of their work influences their actions. The aim of this study was to describe medical students' views of their future professional role in health care. In total, 57 fourth-year medical students at a Swedish university were asked to write a short essay about how they conceptualised their professional role in future health care. Fifty-three students (93%) replied. The essays were analysed qualitatively in three steps and four themes were subsequently identified: the professional role in change, organisation of health care, working conditions and the possibilities of having a balanced life. Some factors mentioned that would strongly influence the professional role were being team leader, increased specialisation, supporting the patient and computer science and technology. The students expressed ambiguous feelings about power and leadership. The results indicate that the students share a rather dark view of both the medical profession and health care, which seems to be related to stress and financial cutbacks. Mentoring, time for reflection and changes in the curricula might be needed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 9, no 1, 5-14 p.
future care, medical students, organisation of health care, professional role, qualitative analysis
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Health Care Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-65235DOI: 10.1023/B:AHSE.0000012207.88241.8bISI: 000188119000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-65235DiVA: diva2:93146