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The graduate of public health as a future health care coordinator
 
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Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Polska
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Zakład Zdrowia Publicznego, Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Polska
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Dominika Drężek   

Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Żwirki i Wigury 61, 02-091, Warszawa, Polska
 
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2019;25(2):118–125
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Objectives:
The aim of the work was to obtain the opinion of future potential employees of the system on the subject of a coordinated health care, and to assume the position of a coordinator by public health graduates wanting to improve the functioning of health care in Poland. An additional object of the study was to obtain an assessment of the current system and the chance of success in implementing the coordination assumptions.

Material and methods:
The study was attended by 264 students of the Medical University of Warsaw, aged 22–27, including 227 women and 37 men. During the responding process, PAPI was used in three groups: medical direction (IV-VI year), public health (I-II year master›s degree) and nursing (I-II year master›s degree).

Results:
Public health students showed greater knowledge of the definition of coordinated health care, compared to medical and nursing students. In addition, public health students assessed the relevance of coordination assumptions in the structure of the system and the chance of its functioning in Poland. For the position of the coordinator, students of the medical faculty in 90.6% chose a doctor, nursing students in 67.6% chose a doctor, and 10.8% of a public health graduate, while public health students in 78.8% chose a graduate in their field of study.

Conclusions:
The opinion on coordinated health care varied depending on the direction studied by the respondents. In the currently functioning health care system in Poland, the potential of public health graduates is not used. In addition, there are irregularities related to the precise characterization of the education programme and the future professional path of public health specialists.

 
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