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Pathways, pyramids and icebergs?: mapping the links between dissatisfaction and complaints

Mulcahy, Linda and Tritter, Jonathon Q. (1998) Pathways, pyramids and icebergs?: mapping the links between dissatisfaction and complaints. Sociology of Health and Illness, 20 (6). pp. 825-847. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

In this article the authors report the findings of a study of satisfaction, dissatisfaction and complaining, funded by the National Health Service Executive (NHSE). Although interest in these issues has increased with the introduction of the Citizen's Charter Initiative and the continued growth of consumerism, few scholars have looked at the relationships between them. Satisfaction and dissatisfaction are commonly viewed as different facets of the same phenomenon. In turn, dissatisfaction is often understood to be a precursor to a complaint, or an embryonic one. The findings presented here suggest that satisfaction and dissatisfaction are linked but are essentially discrete constructs. The authors plot a variety of reactions to dissatisfaction and show that although excessive use is made of formal professional networks, few instances of dissatisfaction emerge as formal complaints. The article concludes that insufficient attention has been paid to understanding the everyday ways in which people cope with dissatisfaction and decisions not to voice a grievance.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shil_enhanced/
Additional Information: © 1998 Blackwell Publishers Ltd/Editorial Board
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2010 09:57
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26596/

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