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Creativity in management in family medicine.
J Fam Pract 1983; 16(2):347-50JF

Abstract

Family practice presents some complex patient management problems with organic, social, and psychological components. There is a great potential for creative problem solving in such patient management problems, in that many alternative solutions are possible. A cross-sectional study was carried out to test the hypothesis that "more creative people as defined by a standard creativity test would have a better quality of management." Sixteen volunteers from the University of Western Ontario Family Practice Residency Program completed a written management problem and the Barron Welsh Art Scale, which is a measure of a person's preference for complexity. The number of options given in each answer was calculated, and the results showed that more creative residents had a higher quality of management score, a higher number of high-quality options, more options of an interpersonal nature, and a higher proportion of original options. The results suggest that creative people are more able to generate the number and types of options that are needed for quality management. The higher proportion of original options may represent a more comprehensive approach to management, and the creative groups' preference for complexity may enable them to deal more effectively with the problem. These results are not generalizable but indicate a need for further investigation into this area.

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Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

6600495

Citation

Stephenson, M J., and M J. Bass. "Creativity in Management in Family Medicine." The Journal of Family Practice, vol. 16, no. 2, 1983, pp. 347-50.
Stephenson MJ, Bass MJ. Creativity in management in family medicine. J Fam Pract. 1983;16(2):347-50.
Stephenson, M. J., & Bass, M. J. (1983). Creativity in management in family medicine. The Journal of Family Practice, 16(2), pp. 347-50.
Stephenson MJ, Bass MJ. Creativity in Management in Family Medicine. J Fam Pract. 1983;16(2):347-50. PubMed PMID: 6600495.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Creativity in management in family medicine. AU - Stephenson,M J, AU - Bass,M J, PY - 1983/2/1/pubmed PY - 1983/2/1/medline PY - 1983/2/1/entrez SP - 347 EP - 50 JF - The Journal of family practice JO - J Fam Pract VL - 16 IS - 2 N2 - Family practice presents some complex patient management problems with organic, social, and psychological components. There is a great potential for creative problem solving in such patient management problems, in that many alternative solutions are possible. A cross-sectional study was carried out to test the hypothesis that "more creative people as defined by a standard creativity test would have a better quality of management." Sixteen volunteers from the University of Western Ontario Family Practice Residency Program completed a written management problem and the Barron Welsh Art Scale, which is a measure of a person's preference for complexity. The number of options given in each answer was calculated, and the results showed that more creative residents had a higher quality of management score, a higher number of high-quality options, more options of an interpersonal nature, and a higher proportion of original options. The results suggest that creative people are more able to generate the number and types of options that are needed for quality management. The higher proportion of original options may represent a more comprehensive approach to management, and the creative groups' preference for complexity may enable them to deal more effectively with the problem. These results are not generalizable but indicate a need for further investigation into this area. SN - 0094-3509 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/6600495/Creativity_in_management_in_family_medicine_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -