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Main arrow Archive of previous Issues arrow ╣4 2014 (38) arrow State and professional medical organizations: who can really ensure professional development of doctors in Russia?
State and professional medical organizations: who can really ensure professional development of doctors in Russia? Print
Monday, 01 September 2014

A.E. Chirikova1,2, E.A. Tarasenko1
1National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
2Institute of Sociology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Abstract. In Western countries governments actively cooperate with professional medical associations to improve quality of medical care. In Russia issues related to responsibility for monitoring medical competence that could be delegated to medical associations are still being actively debated by the professional community. Today, medical associations compete with each other for selecting direction to follow to ensure positive changes in the Russian healthcare. Competition of the bidders for the leading position weakens associations and makes the possibility of their cooperation as required by the rules of the game rather questionable.

The aim of the study is to determine potential readiness of professional medical associations to take on new functions for ensuring professional development of doctors as well as possibilities of their cooperation with the state to improve professional competence of doctors.

Methodology. The study was conducted using a qualitative technique: method of in-depth interview. Overall we conducted 25 in-depth interviews with heads of leading medical associations, physicians representing different regions and leading experts in the sphere.

Results and conclusions. The state is required to invest in people and those techniques that will allow medical associations to move forward towards improving professional competence of doctors. Sequential actions are required for step-by-step assumption of new functions by associations. Governmental objective control over such activity of medical associations is necessary as well. Failure of leaders of professional medical associations to come to agreement among themselves could be overcome by adopting clear rules of the game which could be offered by the state.

Keywords: professional medical associations; provision of professional development of doctors; self-regulation of professional activities of doctors; the National Medical Association.

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