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Doctors make the best managers, US study concludes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4889 (Published 30 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4889
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Hospitals run by doctors outperform those run by managers, a study of 300 of the best hospitals in the United States has found (Social Science and Medicine 2011, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.06.025).

A qualified doctor was the chief executive in 51 of the top 100 cancer hospitals in the US, 34 of the best 100 hospitals for digestive disorders, and 37 of the top 100 cardiac hospitals.

Amanda Goodall, a senior research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn, Germany, looked at the 100 hospitals that performed best in 2009 in each of three specialties—cancer, digestive disorders, and …

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