Health authorities, medical directors and managers are called to face increasing and inter-related challenges regarding the ongoing financial crisis, aging of the population and the need to acquire innovative medical technologies. These challenges need to be tackled in order to ensure sustainability of the healthcare systems and appropriateness and quality of healthcare services. In Italy, the role of medical directors has progressively evolved over the years and now requires strengthened managerial skills and additional professional expertise and skills to plan, implement and evaluate the new systems of government. We performed an extensive literature review and a qualitative study involving six semi-structured interviews with key actors (health managers) in order to explore and clarify the possible future role of medical directors in Italy and what training should be provided to residents in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine.
[Re-organization of health services in Italy and the role of medical directors of hospitals and local health units] / Signorelli, Carlo; Ciorba, Veronica; Pezzetti, Federica; Odone, Anna; Gozzini, Armando; Zangrandi, Antonello. - In: IGIENE E SANITÀ PUBBLICA. - ISSN 0019-1639. - 72:4(2016), pp. 371-384.