ERIC Number: ED347896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Healthy America: Practitioners for 2005. An Agenda for Action for U.S. Health Professional Schools.
Shugars, D. A., Ed.; And Others
This report presents recommendations of the Pew Health Professions Commission regarding changes in health care education. It identifies 17 competencies that practitioners should be prepared for by the year 2005. Recommendations include: expand access to effective care; provide contemporary clinical care; emphasize primary care; participate in coordinated care; practice prevention; involve patients and families in the decision-making process; promote healthy lifestyles; assess and use technology appropriately; manage information; provide counseling on ethical issues; accommodate expanded accountability; and continue to learn. Health care trends by the year 2005 are identified, including efficiency and effectiveness through coordinated care; diversity and aging in the population; tensions in the expansion of science and technology; consumer empowerment; and an increasing role of values in shaping health care. Major strategies for change in health professional education recommended are: (1) schools should redefine their educational core; (2) schools should restructure for the tasks ahead; (3) universities should foster innovation; (4) health professional associations should facilitate professional redefinition; (5) government should support change in health professional education; and (6) the public should participate in redefining health care and the role of professionals. Appendices (comprising 80 percent of the report) include a report on health care issues and trends and the activities of The Pew Health Professions Commission. (DB)
Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Allied Health Occupations Education, Dentists, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Family Practice (Medicine), Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Services, Needs Assessment, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physicians, Preventive Medicine, Primary Health Care, Professional Training, Telephone Surveys, Trend Analysis, Veterinarians
Pew Health Professions Program, 3101 Petty Road, Suite 1106, Durham, NC 27707 ($9).
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Pew Health Professions Commission, Durham, NC.