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Reconfiguring health professionalism towardds addressing multimorbidity


Delivering more and better health services with less human and financial resources is key to more sustainable health systems. Health reforms in certain countries tend to focus on enforcing intrusive regulation, management and market mechanisms within health provision whilst preserving the existing nature and type of health professionals, and their way of working. However, it is increasingly acknowledged that the existing health workforce is poorly fit for purpose when it comes to chronic diseases, in particular multimorbidity. Therefore, it would be better to reconfigure the health professions as one way towards more sustainable health systems. The sociology of professions provides clues on how such a reconfiguration strategy could be successfully developed and implemented.

Artikel van Thomas Plochg in EuroHealth, n1 2013