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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anna Maio, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book is written in a didactic format to assist physicians in a managerial role.
Purpose: The author intends to write a practical guide containing what he has learned from experience in the day-to-day management of medicine. He has succeeded in doing just that.
Audience: This book is written for doctors in training, for physician skeptics who do not believe doctors should be involved in management, and for doctors who are new to management positions. The author is a credible source of information since he has spent eight years in medical management.
Features: He reviews the role of doctors as managers and can help you decide if this role is right for you. He focuses on managing people — including those who are difficult — and conflict management. He also discusses various topics including business and budget planning, managing for quality managed care, rationing, and evidence based medicine. The author is British, therefore a considerable portion of the book deals with the NHS, how it works, and how it is funded. Those outside of this system will find those portions of the book less useful.
Assessment: On the whole this is a useful, practical guide for anyone interested in or new to management. The author's experience and common sense approach create a readable and understandable guide to management for a clinician.