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Changes in the relations and roles of doctors and nurses

Voyer, Benjamin (2013) Changes in the relations and roles of doctors and nurses. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 19 (1). pp. 16-21. ISSN 1358-0574

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The present article critically discusses how the relations and roles of doctors and nurses have changed over the last 40 years, and how these have been re-shaped by a growing focus on improving patient care while preserving and improving the economics of the health service. It suggests that the emphasis on more efficiency and more accountability has changed both the roles and span of control of doctors and nurses. Yet, it also argues that stereotypes held by doctors and nurses about one another remain difficult to change. Managers have emerged as new actors in the healthcare system, and have contributed to these role shifts. Overall, the relation between doctors and nurses has changed, over the last 40 years, from being a relation based on status, to a more balanced one, based on mutual trust and leadership, resulting in the emergence of more complex psychological processes between the main actors of the healthcare system.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 MA Healthcare Ltd
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 02:24

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