Durability of some ideas. The unfulfilled promises of professionalism
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Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum
Publication date: 2020-05-25
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Cezary Włodarczyk   

Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego UJ, ul. Grzegórzecka 20, 31-531 Kraków; e-mail:
Katarzyna Badora-Musiał   

Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego UJ, ul. Grzegórzecka 20, 31-531 Kraków; e-mail:
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2017;36:43-62
This article presents the concept of professionalization as the response to important questions of health policy on methods of organizing social relations, including the relations of political power. The author presented changes in the attitude of medical professionals, starting with the traditional conceptions, which extolled professionalism. Then the author presented their criticism, including considering professionalism to be the tool regulating social and organizational relations, ideology and medical consumerism, ending with the crisis of professionalism and its rebirth in the form of a new professionalism. Finally the author discussed the impact of changing relations between doctors and patients; a passive patient was replaced by an active client and the doctor’s position as an independent professional decreased.
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