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Managing Boundaries in the Health Professions

By John G. Bruhn, Harold Grumet Levine and Paula L. Levine

Managing Boundaries in the Health Professions
Paperback, 273 pages £35.00
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780971242777
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology

The availability and delivery of health care is one of the most important issues on the contemporary American public policy agenda. The authors analyze the social, psychological, and bureaucratic boundaries that define health care in the United States, discuss how organizational change affects these boundaries, and suggest broad strategies for managing them. A new introduction by the authors contributes to the currency of this book, which was originally published by Charles C. Thomas in 1993.

From the Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition . . .

'This book helps the reader understand the social and psychological aspects of territoriality and turfism and gives a range of examples and vignettes to illustrate the dynamics of boundaries among health professionals, and between health professionals and others with whom they interact both inside and outside the health care conglomerate.'

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition

Chapter 1. About Boundaries

Chapter 2. Boundaries in Organizations

Chapter 3. Boundary Issues in the Health Professions

Chapter 4. Interactions Between Boundaries and Personality

Chapter 5. Boundary Conflicts in Organizations and Groups

Chapter 6. Effects of Organizational Change on Boundary Management

Chapter 7. Managing Boundary Diversity and Change




'Clearly, there are many issues related to boundaries and territoriality in the health care professions that must be addressed as we move into the 21st century. This interesting and absorbing work makes a contribution by increasing our awareness of issues that are often not acknowledged or, if acknowledged, allowed to persist. In doing so, the book may help bring about needed changes in health care organizations and disciplines.' (Deanna R. Perlmutter, New England Journal of Medicine)

John G. Bruhn, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Harold Grumet Levine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas

Paula L. Levine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 273 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  MED002000, MED074000, SOC026000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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