Changes and Challenges in Italian Medical Profession: Rethinking Concepts and Reflecting on Future Configuration
To forge an analytical tool able to address the hypothesis of a decline in physicians’ dominance in Italy, the various suggestions coming from both the scientific and the professional debate can be used. In particular, by using the directions of the Royal College it is possible to identify three major relational areas within the overall configuration of the medical profession. These areas can be understood as sub-configurations that relate to: relationships with patients and their caregivers (family and non-family members); relationships with medical colleagues and other health and social workers; relationships with administrative staff and corporate management, public and political institutions, the goods and services market in its various components.
On this basis, the paper offers a first attempt at interpreting the relationships among professionals and the above-mentioned subjects, as the latter developed in the Italian context, with the awareness, however, that the data are scarce and the themes too big to be able to deduce a result in terms of "dethronement" of doctors.