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The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948$
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Anne Digby

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.001.0001

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Organizing a Practice

Organizing a Practice

(p.126) 6 Organizing a Practice
The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Anne Digby

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses whether limited time horizons and acceptance of traditional constraints characterized doctors' management of general practice, or whether there were more strategic and entrepreneurial considerations that shaped the development and survival of practices through economically rational choices about staffing, accommodation, and technology. Much of the scattered evidence on this subject would suggest the dominance of a short-term approach in which the sheer burden of everyday work and patients' expectations militated against a longer-term vision. Several important underlying factors were also responsible for an inbuilt conservatism that tended to preserve the status quo.

Keywords:   general practice, medical practice, staffing, accommodation, technology

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