Management Competencies for Healthcare Professionals- a focus on Course Offerings from Medical Studies Programmes in Baltic States

Juris Barzdins, Rita Konstante

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The recent economic downturn and struggle for the sustainability
of social security programmes in an ageing Europe has increased pressure on
healthcare systems to deliver their services in a more cost-effective way and
to halt, or at least to slow down, the growth of expenditure on health. While
the medical profession always welcomes new medical technologies, this is
not usually the case for accepting new management technologies that have
already proven to be extremely valuable towards the increase of efficiency and
competitiveness in other industries.
The purpose of this study is to compare the internationally expressed needs for
new competencies in the medical profession and the content of medical studies
programmes in Latvia, Lithuania and in Estonia with regard to courses being
offered towards the development contextual organisational, leadership and
management competencies.
This study is based on a content analysis of the published frameworks of
competencies for the profession of physician and on a comparison of medical
studies programmes in all three Baltic states.
The results of this study have revealed a similarity in understanding of the
necessary competencies for physicians and also that there is a broad variety in the availability of definitive courses that are more directed at developing non-technical core competencies. The study also revealed a lack of dedicated courses, among the programmes analysed, aimed towards the development of managerial skills.
This study clearly demonstrates the need for more collaboration between
governments, healthcare providers and universities with regard to the adoption
of professional education programmes to serve the present-day needs of our
ever-changing healthcare systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economics and Management Research
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)


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