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Resolving Power Struggles in Health Care Settings
A look at the use of effective negotiation and conflict management to resolve power struggles in health care settings.
# 153525 | 1,014 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2013 in Communication (Interpersonal) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper examines how managers can best use the principles of effective negotiation and conflict management to resolve power struggles within health care settings, and also explores what types of power struggles in health care settings are most amenable to the application of negotiation and conflict management techniques. The paper then identifies specific ways to limit the potential abuse of power in health care organizations and looks at specific human resources strategies and transparency mechanisms that can prevent stakeholders from pursuing self-interested goals.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"There are some enormous divisions of power in many health care settings, with physicians and administrators at the top of the hierarchy, followed by other professionals such as service directors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, radiologists and so forth. This division of power means that people at the top of the hierarchy enjoy a tactical advantage in negotiations and conflict management efforts, but that does not mean they can wield uncompromising authority; however, it does mean that some health care professionals will have views that differ markedly from the organization's that will require resolution. As Loughry and Elms point out, "Professionals tend to resist organizations' attempts to exert control over them or in any way limit their freedom to make important decisions independently" (2006, p. 548). In power struggles involving the determination of best practices for the care of patients, for example, administrators will likely be more willing to concede to the will of physicians because of their training and expertise. Likewise, power struggles involving scarce resources can frequently be resolved when the realities of the situation are made known to all of the parties who are affected. Every health care setting is unique, though, and power struggles that are easily resolved in one setting might become full-blown crises in others, making the need for effective conflict resolution techniques all the more important."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bateman, N. (2000). Advocacy skills for health and social care professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Golembiewski, R. T. (2000). Handbook of organizational consultation. New York: Marcel Dekker.
  • Hargie, O. & Dickson, D. (2004). Skilled interpersonal communication: Research, theory, and practice. London: Routledge.
  • Loughry, M. L. & Elms, H. (2006). An agency theory investigation of medical contractors versus member physicians. Journal of Managerial Issues, 18(4), 547-549.

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