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The role of the physician in transforming the culture of healthcare.
Leadersh Health Serv (Bradf Engl). 2016 07 04; 29(3):300-12.LH

Abstract

Purpose The healthcare system in the USA is undergoing unprecedented change and its share of unintended consequences. This paper explores the leadership role of the physician in transforming the present culture of healthcare to restore, refine and preserve its traditional care components. Design/methodology/approach The literature on change, organizational culture and leadership is leveraged to describe the structural interdependencies and dynamic complexity of the present healthcare system and to suggest how physicians can strengthen the care components of the healthcare culture. Findings When an organization's culture does not support internal integration and external adaptation, it is the responsibility of leadership to transform it. Leaders can influence culture to strengthen the care components of the healthcare system. The centrality of professionalism in the delivery of patient services places a moral, societal and ethical responsibility on physicians to lead a revitalization of the care culture. Practical implications This paper focuses on cultural issues in healthcare and provides options and guidance for physicians as they attempt to lead and manage the context in which services are delivered. Originality/value The Competing Values Framework, the major interdependent domains and five principal mechanisms for leaders to embed and fine tune culture serve as the main tenets for describing the ongoing changes in healthcare and defining the role of the physician as leaders and advocates for the Patient Care Culture.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Managerial Sciences, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University , Atlanta, Georgia, USA.Health Economics and Market Access, Johnson & Johnson, Dillon, Colorado, USA.Nephrology and Internal Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27397751

Citation

Smits, Stanley J., et al. "The Role of the Physician in Transforming the Culture of Healthcare." Leadership in Health Services (Bradford, England), vol. 29, no. 3, 2016, pp. 300-12.
Smits SJ, Bowden DE, Wells JO. The role of the physician in transforming the culture of healthcare. Leadersh Health Serv (Bradf Engl). 2016;29(3):300-12.
Smits, S. J., Bowden, D. E., & Wells, J. O. (2016). The role of the physician in transforming the culture of healthcare. Leadership in Health Services (Bradford, England), 29(3), 300-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-12-2015-0043
Smits SJ, Bowden DE, Wells JO. The Role of the Physician in Transforming the Culture of Healthcare. Leadersh Health Serv (Bradf Engl). 2016 07 4;29(3):300-12. PubMed PMID: 27397751.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of the physician in transforming the culture of healthcare. AU - Smits,Stanley J, AU - Bowden,Dawn E, AU - Wells,James O, PY - 2016/7/12/entrez PY - 2016/7/12/pubmed PY - 2018/3/6/medline KW - Change management KW - Culture KW - Health care KW - Leadership KW - Management SP - 300 EP - 12 JF - Leadership in health services (Bradford, England) JO - Leadersh Health Serv (Bradf Engl) VL - 29 IS - 3 N2 - Purpose The healthcare system in the USA is undergoing unprecedented change and its share of unintended consequences. This paper explores the leadership role of the physician in transforming the present culture of healthcare to restore, refine and preserve its traditional care components. Design/methodology/approach The literature on change, organizational culture and leadership is leveraged to describe the structural interdependencies and dynamic complexity of the present healthcare system and to suggest how physicians can strengthen the care components of the healthcare culture. Findings When an organization's culture does not support internal integration and external adaptation, it is the responsibility of leadership to transform it. Leaders can influence culture to strengthen the care components of the healthcare system. The centrality of professionalism in the delivery of patient services places a moral, societal and ethical responsibility on physicians to lead a revitalization of the care culture. Practical implications This paper focuses on cultural issues in healthcare and provides options and guidance for physicians as they attempt to lead and manage the context in which services are delivered. Originality/value The Competing Values Framework, the major interdependent domains and five principal mechanisms for leaders to embed and fine tune culture serve as the main tenets for describing the ongoing changes in healthcare and defining the role of the physician as leaders and advocates for the Patient Care Culture. SN - 1751-1887 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27397751/The_role_of_the_physician_in_transforming_the_culture_of_healthcare_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/choosingadoctororhealthcareservice.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -