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The psychiatrist as a manager 

The psychiatrist as a manager
The psychiatrist as a manager

Juan J. López-Ibor Jr.

and Costas Stefanis

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date: 28 June 2022

It is clear that the modern role of both the physicians, in general, and psychiatrists, in particular, requires intensive decision-making which is helped by management principles. Psychiatrists, in addition to their clinical qualifications and skills are asked to occupy positions and undertake responsibilities as clinical executives, directors of health care facilities, administrators of Academic units and even Mental Health Commissioners, all of them requiring managerial knowledge and leadership qualities. Increased pressure by patients for improved quality of services and access to new and innovative treatments needs to be balanced against the expectation of the health care system of the physician to act ‘economically’, following cost containment guidelines and staying within expenditure ceilings. Such decisions require specialized knowledge and a deep understanding of the principles and the functions of management and health economics. Such knowledge is only gained through specialized training by introducing management teaching, either at the undergraduate level or preferably at the residency level, as part of the core curriculum or as an elective which may include items such as administration principles, quality assurance, budgeting, resource allocation, accreditation procedures and what is close to the psychiatrist's clinical background the personnel management. This may be extended to ongoing professional education programmes for psychiatrists who are already active in the field.

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