What does it mean to be a doctor in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine?

April 16th, 2014

 

 

Being a healthcare recruiting agency with a lot of vacant positions in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy in Germany we are often asked by our candidates:

  • “Is this specialty similar to other specialties in other countries?”
  • “What does a doctor do if he chooses to start his residency program in the field of Psychosomatic?”
  •  “Why should I be interested in following this specialty?”

The field of psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy is a relative new specialization that was established in Germany in 1992 after realising the need for such medical specialists. Currently the field is only present in Germany and Austria.

The residency program covers:

  • 3 years of psychosomatic and psychotherapy
  • 1 year of psychiatry
  • 1 year of internal medicine

Psychosomatic medicine includes:

  • Diagnosis of psychosomatic illnesses
  • Psychotherapeutic treatment
  • Prevention and rehabilitation

In order to become a specialist doctor in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine, one must complete the 5 years of residency. At least 1500 hours of psychotherapeutic treatment must be provided by the physician in training with respective minimum numbers for individual psychotherapies of different lengths (short-term therapy, shoulder length therapies, long-term therapy), group therapy, couple and family therapy.

Specialist training for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy includes:

  • ethical, scientific and legal foundations of medical practice
  • the medical evaluation
  • the measures of quality assurance and quality management, including the error and risk management
  • medical interviewing, including family counselling
  • psychosomatic Basics
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • the etiology, pathophysiology and pathogenesis of diseases
  • the Enlightenment and the documentation of findings
  • the laboratory-based detection methods
  • medical emergency situations
  • the principles of pharmacotherapy, including the interactions of drugs and drug abuse
  • the general pain management
  • the care of seriously ill and dying
  • interdisciplinary indications for further diagnostic tests-including the differential indication and interpretation of radiological findings related to territorial issues
  • psychosocial, environmental and cross-cultural influences on health
  • the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation psychotherapeutic psychosomatic diseases and disorders including family counseling, addiction and suicide prevention
  • the practical application of scientifically recognized psychotherapy procedures and methods, especially cognitive behavioral therapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • the indication for socio-therapeutic measures
  • Detection and treatment of behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence
  • Basics of detection and treatment of internal diseases that require a psychosomatic treatment
  • Detection and treatment of mental-physical interactions in chronic diseases, such as cancer, neurological, cardiac, orthopedic and rheumatic diseases as well as metabolic and autoimmune diseases
  • psychiatric history and diagnostic assessment
  • the area-based drug therapy, with particular reference to the risks of drug abuse
  • the detection and psychotherapeutic treatment of psychogenic pain syndromes
  • autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation or hypnosis
  • the implementation of supportive and psycho-educational therapies for somatic health
  • Foundations in behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Crisis interventions under supervision
  • 35 double hours Balint group or interaction-related casework
  • psychosomatic-psychotherapeutic consulting and liaison service

 

Why should you consider becoming a specialist doctor in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy?

Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy is an exciting and new growing medical speciality with a fast and constant evolution. It offers a new point of view regarding the correlation between physical and (somatic) illness and psychiatric factors that create somatic illnesses without physical substance.

An interesting aspect is the fact that a Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy practitioner has the opportunity to conduct psychiatric evaluations and treatments for mentally healthy individuals without having to interact with common psychiatric patients.

One can be certain that Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy practitioners will be more and more sought after in the near future!

Interested in working in the field of Psychosomatic medicine and Psychotherapy?

Check out this job description!

 

 

 

 

Living in Abu Dhabi

March 13th, 2014

Due to the fact that we currently have new job vacancies for specialist doctors in the field of Cardiology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Radiology and Emergency Medicine in the United Arab Emirates capital city Abu Dhabi, we consider useful to provide some information about living in the UAE. 

Abu Dhabi is a modern day miracle, and is considered Dubai’s less-brash sister city. Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of architect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live for both expats and Emirates.

What is it known for?

Abu Dhabi is a modern day miracle, and is considered Dubai’s less-brash sister city. Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of architect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live for both expats and Emirates.

What is it known for?

Located just 130km south from splashy Dubai, coastal Abu Dhabi has traditionally been known as the staid seat of the federal government, home to the ruling Abu Dhabi Emiri Family. The emirate owns 95% of the UAE’s oil production and 90% of the population is made up of expats. “Abu Dhabi provides a wealth of opportunity and allows people to live tax free,” said Lizzie Johnstone, a Brit who has lived with her family in Abu Dhabi for five years. “The expat and local community are welcoming, the schools are good and at the weekend you can go to the beach.”

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the UAE’s seven constituent emirates, and the city center is on Abu Dhabi island, connected to the mainland by three bridges and surrounded by a number of smaller islands, many of which are being developed by luxury resorts, shopping malls and real estate companies. Over the last decade the city has concentrated on developing its tourism, education, financial and cultural sectors to diversify its economy, which until recently relied almost exclusively on oil production. On Saadiyat Island (less than a kilometre off the shore of Abu Dhabi’s city centre), alongside luxury developments and golf courses, architect Jean Nouvel’s floating Louvre Abu Dhabi will open in December 2015, part of a cultural district that will also include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (designed by Frank Gehry, due to open 2016) and the Zayed National Museum (designed by Foster + Partners, possibly opening 2017). A second campus for New York University Abu Dhabi is being planned for the island’s Marina district. Suburbs like the futuristic Masdar City are also part of the emirate’s master plan.

While the snazzy luxury resorts bring a bit of Dubai-like glitz, the city is also making efforts to preserve its natural resources, such as mangroves and turtle nesting spots along the turquoise waters. “If you are prepared to work hard, embrace the desert and respect the culture, you will have a very nice life,” Johnstone said.

Where do you want to live?

The Corniche on Abu Dhabi island stretches along the waterfront and is home to many mixed-use developments, hotels and malls, making it a very desirable place to live. Also sought-after are the modern luxury developments found on other islands such as Al Reem, or on the mainland in suburbs such as Khalifa City along the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road. “People are spread out all over, but it will never take you more than half an hour ­– traffic permitting – to get anywhere,” Johnstone said.

Saadiyat Island is currently being developed with villas and high-end apartment blocks, and will be home to about 160,000 residents. Another popular island located close to the city centre, Al Reem, has experienced a few setbacks. “The master planning on Al Reem didn’t quite take off, so some of the projects have stalled,” said William Neill, director and head of Cluttons Abu Dhabi real estate and property consultant agency. Al Raha Beach, an area of Khalifa City, has a range of medium to high-end apartments, plus access to private beaches. North of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, along the E11 motorway to Dubai, the Al Reef development has villas that are popular with families.

Side trips

Dubai is about a 90-minute drive north, depending on traffic, and people go back and forth frequently; a passenger rail link between the two cities is in the planning stages, with the first expected service in 2018. Oman’s Musandam Peninsula is a popular weekend destination for diving and dolphin watching, and the northern emirate Fujairah is popular for trekking through the wadis (valleys) and hills. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is around 435km to the east, a four-hour drive or a short flight away.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has flights to many European and Asian destinations. Mumbai is about a three-hour flight, while the Maldives are just more than four hours away. Paris and London are each about a six or seven hour flight.

Practical information

Prices in Abu Dhabi used to be much higher than Dubai, so people would often live in Dubai and commute to Abu Dhabi. But post-recession, the scenario has flipped. “In addition, the government put in place a rule that if you work for a government agency or ministry, you have to live in Abu Dhabi and that helped feed demand,” Neill said. Now prices in the older buildings on Abu Dhabi Island are falling as people leave for newer communities. In modern developments and luxury buildings, there is a high demand in both rentals and sales. “Sale value tends to be going up because there is a low supply on the market,” Neill explained.

Most expats rent while living in Abu Dhabi. A two-bedroom flat in a high end building on the Corniche, Saadiyat Island or in Al Raha Beach rents for between 140,000 to 200,000 dirhams a year (it is typical for rents to be paid yearly in Abu Dhabi). On Al Reem, a similar property rents for 110,000 to 130,000 dirhams a year. In these prime areas, apartments currently cost 14,200 dirhams per square meters.

If you are interested in applying for a position in Abu Dhabi via EGV Recruiting, please contact us at:

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Source of the article here:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131203-living-in-abu-dhabi/1

Denmark’s idyllic countryside

March 7th, 2014

Well-known for its cosmopolitan capital, cutting edge contemporary design and the timeless fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s stunning coastlines and rolling countryside must be equally revered.

With mile upon mile of pristine coastline complemented by an unspoiled interior of forests, heaths and rolling farmland, the Danes love nothing more than getting out into the heart of their beautiful countryside. Visitors can also easily follow suit by making a leisurely exploration along one of the many designated, long-distance touring trails – ideal for exploring on foot, by bike or on an unhurried drive along picturesque country lanes.

Spoiled for choice when it comes to touring itineraries, visitors looking to travel under their own steam, for example, can walk or cycle sections of the Hærvej, or ‘Army Way’, which traces what was for centuries the main transportation route through the Jutland peninsular. Linking a whole network of paths, it forms a 250km trail along the backbone of the country, from the town of Viborg in north-central Jutland all the way south to the German border and beyond. With well-maintained walking and cycling trails established along this historic route, it follows a ridge that affords some of the most spectacular views in Denmark.

Dotted with interesting sights – including breathtaking natural scenery, historic fortifications, ancient burial mounds and plenty of Viking history – visitors can put their best foot forward discovering these at their own pace. Marking a start to the Hærvej, the imposing Viborg Cathedral, one of the largest granite churches in northern Europe whose two towers dominate the skyline, is a definite highlight. From here, the path continues south across the wild, open heaths of Kongenshus Hede and on through the outstanding natural beauty of Egtved, known for its windmills, watermills and Bronze Age relics from the grave of the Egtved Girl – which include some incredibly well-preserved burial objects dating from around 1370BC. Another unmissable historic attraction is Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to a huge, ship-shaped stone circle that was created in the 10th Century by the Viking Kings Gorm the Old and Harold Bluetooth. More recent history can be found at the Frøslev Camp Museum, a well-preserved World War II prison camp that once interred political prisoners and members of the Danish Resistance. There are also a good number of interesting detours to be made from the Hærvej, such as a visit to the sources of Denmark’s longest (the Gudenå) and its largest (Skjernå) rivers, which rise just a few hundred metres apart but then flow in opposite directions towards the east and west coasts respectively, creating their own attractions.

Runic stones in Jelling Denmark

Visitors preferring a less energetic means of travel can instead opt for one of the driving tours such as the Margueritruten, a scenic route that passes through spectacular countryside on its way past more than 200 of Denmark’s most popular attractions. Marked by characteristic marguerite (daisy) road-signs, this winding 3,600km route takes in the cities of Copenhagen, Odense and Aalborg as it wends its way through Zealand, Funen and on through central and northern Jutland, exploring some of the country’s most remote corners. Cleverly following an extremely well-planned network of roads, the trail ensures drivers never see the same view twice. Although designated as a driving route, following such quiet roads makes it equally well suited to touring by bike.

The Marguerite Route also takes full advantage of Denmark’s stunning coastline passing along the west coast and providing visitors with an opportunity to discover the Wadden Sea, one of Denmark’s most ecologically important areas. Depending on the time of year, visitors to this vast intertidal area can encounter some incredible wildlife spectacles. In the spring and autumn, the mudflats provide an important stopover site over ten million migrating shorebirds, which pause on the food-rich alluvium to refuel before continuing their epic journeys. The transitional months are also the time to witness the phenomenon of the Black Sun, when huge flocks of starlings swirl across the dusk sky with their amazing aerobatic displays presenting a truly mesmerising sight. In summer, seal safaris operate from Esbjerg Harbour, with sightings of spotted seals being virtually guaranteed. Then from October to April, guided walks across the tidal flats give visitors the chance to forage for fresh oysters, which can be harvested in large numbers all across the area.

Another interesting spot along the West Jutland coast is Ringkøbing Fjord, an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s known in particular for its watersports. Windsurfers are especially well catered for here, but there are also plenty of opportunities for other activities like canoeing, angling or simply taking a refreshing dip. Nearby Nymindegab Kro offers an interesting place to stay; this traditional Danish inn is perched high on the dunes overlooking the North Sea and is the perfect place for exploring the surrounds or tucking into delicious local dishes. Further north, the route passes through Thy National Park, allowing visitors a chance to discover nature in the raw in this extensive area of dunes, forests and heaths including the wetland reserve of Vejlerne – the largest bird sanctuary in northern Europe and home to all kinds of rare and unusual flora and fauna.

Away from the coast, other highlights along the Marguerite Route include the fairytale forest of Rold Skov. At 80 km², this is Denmark’s largest forest and home to ancient trees, crystal-clear lakes and rare wild orchids. More natural beauty can be found at Rebild Bakker, a famously picturesque area of woods, gorges and valleys,  and Mols Bjerge National Park, which occupies an area of rolling hills and wildflower-rich meadows on the Djursland peninsula. Closer to Aalborg, Denmark’s third largest city, lies Lindholm Høje, home to Scandinavia’s largest Viking burial ground with more than 700 well-preserved graves. Also of historical interest is Koldinghus Castle, Jutland’s oldest royal castle and home to an extensive art collection. Another interesting place to visit is the pretty town of Vejle, which is so well-loved by the Danes that it’s been labelled ‘Denmark’s cosiest town’. Just outside Vejle lies the recently-created Kongens Kær wetland park, complete with nature trails and picnic areas – another perfect place for visitors to pause on their journey and reflect on the pleasures of day touring, Danish-style.

Whether walking, riding or driving, Denmark’s numerous touring routes and trails offer the perfect path to a relaxing holiday.

We at EGV Recruiting currently have positions available for doctors willing to work in Denmark! Check out our offer here:

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Source of the article here: http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/

Weird stepstones into modern medicine

February 20th, 2014

Browsing trough the internet we stubled upon an interesting blog posting interesting and disturbing pictures of early medical devices, strange medical conduct (according to today’s standards) and things that for today’s doctors would just seem weird and creepy.

Brain hemorrhage, post-mortem

Corset damage to a ribcage. 19th century London

Dr. Kilmer’s Female Remedy

 

Tanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum, 1925, to offset winter rickets

Woman with an artificial leg, too embarrassed to show her face c. 1890 – 1900

Wooden prosthetic hand, c. 1800

Selection of some items used to disguise facial injuries. Early plastic surgery.

Blood transfusion bottle, England 1978

Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus advertisement, 1878

Neurological exam with electrical device, c. 1884

Antique prosthetic leg

US Civil War surgeon’s kit

“Walter Reed physiotherapy store” 1920′s

Boy in rolling “invalid cart” c. 1915

Obstetric phantom, Italy 1700-1800. Tool to teach medical students and midwives about childbirth

Radioactive yummies

Lewis Sayre’s scoliosis treatment

Claude Beck’s early defibulator

Antique birthing chair used until the 1800s

Anatomical Model. Doctors were not allowed to touch the women’s bodies, so they would point to describe pain locations

Radiology nurse technician, WWI France 1918

1855 – 1860. One of first surgical procedures using ether as an anesthetic

Masks worn by doctors during the Plague. The beaks held scented substances

 

Regardless, these pictures represent evolution. Who knows, maybe in 100 years, people looking at pictures from today’s medical conduct will react the same as we do to these pictures. What do you think?

 

Source of the article here: http://imgur.com/a/QagTz 

 

Hermann Gröhe, Germany’s Minister of Health, – “No other country offers faster medical care from qualified specialist doctors than Germany.”

January 7th, 2014

Hermann Gröhe, the German Health minister, announces publicly his wish to enforce a larger medical coverage of Germany’s rural areas.

“Young doctors should commit themselves to take over a practice in rural areas. Of course, such actions should also be stimulated with some advantages such as better access to further and constant training or other types of incentives.”

Such advantages should also be granted to those who undertake a voluntary social year, as for example in the emergency services. “In some states and in some universities, such arrangements were already practiced successfully” stated the Minister of health.

Gröhe also stated that the waiting time for a medical appointment for any ensured patient should be shortend.

For the ministers proposal of shorter  waiting times for medical appointments with specialists, the German Medical Association has proposed the introduction of an “Urgent Transfer Measure” so that the General Practitioners can quickly convey their insured patients to a specialist doctor.

As a closing statement Gröhe says that the health system in Germany should not be criticized:

“If you are really seriously ill, you will receive professional medical care in Germany. No other country offers faster medical care from qualified specialist doctors than Germany.”

 

Source of the article here

 

Health and ageing

October 18th, 2013

Hamburg: Since the 1960s, the life expectancy in most European countries has risen with 11 years. Still, most European citizens (60%) over 65 have at least 3 chronic diseases.

Thus since 2007, the Ministry of Education and Research emphasizes on the importance of a healthy ageing process.

“The research conducted aims to educate and help with the early recognition of potential threats to the state of health of an individual. Prevention should be a priority.” Stated Johanna Wanka, the Minister of Education and Research.

This approach aims to have the individual in the center of attention and should be aiming to provide a longer disease-free life and not a longer life with disease.

What makes the UK unique (part 3)

September 24th, 2013

Yep, part three of “What makes the UK unique”!

 

7. Visit London for a day:

London is one of the most visited cities in the world and is renowned for many things, obviously the House of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London….

Another thing that puts London in the center of the map is shopping! Here one can buy anything from the latest fashion to tid-bits at the infamous Camden market. The many tourists that visit London often travel to see the same places every time, however if you look a little deeper you will be able to find a lot more than what meets the eye.

It is advisable to plan your journey ahead before arriving in London, not just because there is so much to see, but also because it can be quite daunting when visiting for the first time. If it is the first time in London, then I’d highly recommend visiting both the Big Ben but also Oxford Street for plenty of opportunities to buy the latest fashion or even a souvenir to remember the trip!

 

8. Be a spectator at the Silverstone Grand Prix:

Silverstone is one of the world’s hottest Motor Sport destinations in the whole of the UK. It is home to many various racing events, but the most famous of these it the Silverstone Formula One Grand Prix. This is really a day out for those of you that are petrol heads but can be enjoyed by the whole family if you feel inclined to take them with you.

So what can you do here? Well obviously you will be able to see some of the greatest racing machines in history, rushing past you at lightning speeds, driven by some of the most famous drivers in history.

The racetrack is also a great party atmosphere where one can camp over night between the two races (qualifications and the race).

 

9. Visit the Ancient Monument of Stonehenge:

Stonehenge is one of the most visited in-land attractions in the United Kingdom. It is shrouded in mystery and has been the source of many theories over the past few centuries. Stonehenge itself is actually a prehistoric structure which is in the country of Wiltshire and to this day archeologists still quarrel over the nature of this creation and when it was built.

Stonehenge is more than just a structure or monument. It is a reminder of the history surrounding the area and it is a tribute to those who actually built this amazing man-made monument. The surrounding areas have also been known to reveal Roman artifacts: coins and even remains overt the past few centuries.

It’s amazing that Stonehenge has even survived till today. Visiting Stonehenge will certainly be a memory that will last forever.

 

Did these facts made you consider not only visiting the United Kingdom but also the possibility of working in the UK?

Are you an experienced doctor?

Would you consider working as an RMO in the UK?

Than check out our job offers here and don’t forget to apply!

What makes the UK unique? (Part 2)

September 12th, 2013

Welcome to part two of our “What makes the United Kingdom unique” article!

Here are today’s facts:

4.       Tour of the London Tower:

The tower of London was once known as the most frightening place in the whole of the United Kingdom, mainly because of the torturous goings on within the thick brick walls.

It was a place that brought fear into the heart of Londoners and made sure that they would stay on the right side of the law.

Today the tower is not so frightening. Now being a tourist attraction the Tower of London has become a sideshow to the city. Never the less, the Tower still inspires and demands respect.

5.       Watch a Football Match at Old Trafford:

Old Trafford stadium is the home of the infamous Manchester United football club. The stadium itself is a completely seated stadium meaning that there are no places available for spectators who wish to stand. The ground currently has the capacity to accommodate 75957 spectators making it the second largest football stadium in the whole of the United Kingdom.


The reason why Old Trafford is such a success over the years is obvious and since the grand opening in 1910 the fans haven’t stopped coming to watch their team play. The stadium itself is absolutely gorgeous. So if you are a Manchester United fan, or even if you’re just a football fan who’s never been to Old Trafford before; I would suggest visiting this fantastic stadium even if you only ever do it once.

 6.       Hike along the Ancient Hadrian’s Wall:

 

Hadrian’s Wall is located in the northern part of England. Now in ruins it is but a shadow of what it once represented. Tourists often visit Hadrian’s Wall, many of them with metal detectors hoping to find the next batch of Roman coins for their collection. The wall itself was built as a defensive fortification during the rule of Hadrian. The wall was approximately 73 miles long (118 km).

Did these facts made you consider not only visiting the United Kingdom but also the possibility of working in the UK? 

Are you an experienced doctor?

Would you consider working as an RMO in the UK?

Than check out our job offers here and don’t forget to apply!

What makes the UK unique?

September 9th, 2013

What do you think makes the United Kingdom special?

Over the course of the next few months we will bring to your attention several interesting things one can do in the United Kingdom.

So let’s get started:

1.       Take a royal trip to Buckingham palace:

It is safe to say that most of you know what Buckingham palace represents and where Buckingham palace is… Buckingham palace represents the British royal quarters and is as big of a tourist attraction today as it was 100 years ago, in fact maybe even bigger now.

It is the home of the royal family and will remain the home of the royal family for years to come. Although it’s not the smallest, nor is it the biggest palace in the world, it’s scale and majestic appearance inspires.

Guided tours are occasionally available and one should certainly seize the chance for such an occasion.

With no doubt, it is one of London’s most important buildings and one of the most sought after tourist attraction.

 

2.       Have a day out at Alton Towers:

 Alton Towers has been a place of attraction for many people since the 1800s when it was opened to the public as for their beautiful gardens, however since 1980 it has been the UK’s top theme park, crushing its biggest rival into administration in 2007.

Alton Towers is perhaps best known for its amazing roller-coasters such as the Nemesis, Rita and more recently Thirteen.

If you are traveling to the UK or you are already here and looking for something new and exciting to do, I would thoroughly recommend taking the time out to have a day at Alton Towers. There is something for everyone including rides, arcades, beautiful gardens and of course the manor house which is at the center of the park.

 

3.       Visit Holkham magic Beach:

Holkham Magic is a beach in England which has been named Britain’s best beach, now of course this is all a matter of opinions and each is welcome to their own but this beach really is fantastic. For those of you that are fans of motion pictures, this is the same beach which Gwyneth Paltrow walked along in the final scene of Shakespeare in love, just this fact may be intriguing enough to make you want to visit Holkham.

Holkham is also part of a major Nature Reserve, the biggest in Britain in fact, this is because of the rare flowers and animals that live in this part of the world, don’t get me wrong it certainly is not Madagascar but it is a very precious part of England. If you have not yet been here then I would suggest you make a visit.

Did these facts made you consider not only visiting the United Kingdom but also the possibility of working in the UK? 

Are you an experienced doctor?

Would you consider working as an RMO in the UK?

Than check out our job offers here and don’t forget to apply!

 

 

 

Confidence rating: the French vote the generalist and specialist doctors

May 28th, 2013

 

93% of the French confide ˝absolutely˝ or ˝especially˝ in specialist doctors and 92% in generalist doctors, reveal the third poll of the Groupe Pasteur Mutualité. It is 2% and 4% respectively more than in 2011, when the last survey was made.

On the whole, the healthcare professionals get a good press from the French: it is the case of the nurses (93% of the polled persons entrust them), the pharmacists (92%), the hospital practitioners and dentist-surgeons (both of them 88%).

Listening, experience and availability

The main criteria justifying this credibility are the listening (59 %), the experience (54 %), the availability (37%) and the ability to make quick decisions (32%).

Concerning the listening, three French of four (75%) vote for the generalist doctors and a little less (63,7%) for the specialist doctors. The pharmacists are the best classified (94%), followed by the nurses (87%) and the masseur- physiotherapists (80%).

Concerning the experience, the polled persons confide in specialist doctors, hospital healthcare professionals (both 83%) and generalist doctors (70%) regarding ˝the adaptation to the evolutions in healthcare and information on the new medical techniques applied on patients˝.

Access to unequal healthcare

The poll reveals moreover that a majority of the questioned consider that dental care (87%) and consultation at a specialist doctor (78%) are ˝the most expensive˝. On the contrary, only four of ten persons (42%) have the feeling that hospital treatments are the most expensive. Finally, the study shows that the French are the most concerned with the unequal regional division of professional healthcare practitioners. Only 35% of them consider that specialist doctors are ˝well distributed˝ in the Hexagon. Four of ten think the same thing of the generalist doctors and one of two (48%) of the hospital practitioners.

› A. B.-I.

(1)  Telephone poll made between the 26th of February and the 6th of March 2013 by Viavoice, 1007 persons representing the French population, 18 years old and over respectively.

 

Source of the article here