A discursive approach to organizational health communication

Peter Kjær, Anne Reff Pedersen, Anja Svejgaard Pors

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With the increased interest in communication in the fields of healthcare and healthcare management research, it is important to begin to explore and consider the consequences of this engagement with new ideas in communication. In this chapter we describe the expansion of organisational health communication, identifying three distinct types of communication ideas and tools: clinical communication, extra-clinical communication and corporate communication. In order to assess the wider implications of health communication, we elaborate a discursive perspective, illustrated by presenting exemplary analyses of a) the institutionalisation of communication ideals, b) the communicative management of meaning and c) communication tools as organising technologies. The discursive perspective highlights that organisations and individual healthcare providers should not only look for the desired outcomes of communication initiatives but also focus on unintended consequences in terms of changes to management roles, challenges to professional values and the reshaping of demands on patients. Attention to those implications is a key task for healthcare managers.
TitelThe Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management
RedaktørerEwan Ferlie, Kathleen Montgomery, Anne Reff Pedersen
Antal sider23
ForlagOxford University Press
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-19-870510-9
StatusUdgivet - 2016
NavnOxford Handbooks in Business and Management


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