Problems and challenges in managing the new generation of doctors in Chinese hospitals
Tian Gao and
Asia Pacific Business Review, 2018, vol. 24, issue 4, 528-542
The new generation of doctors (doctors born after 1980) now plays a critical role in the Chinese hospital system, as they are the main force in current hospital clinical practice. The rapid changes in the social and economic environment have made the new generation of doctors have a different perspective from previous generations. Content analysis is used in this study to analyze survey research, case studies and related information. The new generation of doctors is confronted with pressures of employment, promotion and social pressures including those caused by tension between doctors and patients, which the previous generation did not face. They are characterized as innovative, pragmatic and self-centred, although the most significant issues are in the hospital environment rather than personal characteristics. Transparent, fair and meticulous management evaluation, reasonable income reflecting their work values and good career development planning, the study concludes, are the key points in the management of the new generation doctors.
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