The (im)Possibilities of Clinical Democracy

Debbie Long, Rowena Forsyth, Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll

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In this article, we argue that homogenising discussions of medical dominance on the meta-level of professions do not fully capture the complexity that characterises current clinical care in multidisciplinary health care teams. We illustrate this through an empirical study of a multidisciplinary team attempting to enact their work in a clinically democratic way. The challenges that arose in putting this into practice highlight the depth and complexity of enculturated medical dominance in Australian hospital practice. Our study shows that effective facilitation of clinician reflexivity has the potential to challenge and change deeply embedded structures and behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-519
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Long, D., Forsyth, R., Iedema, R., & Carroll, K. (2006). The (im)Possibilities of Clinical Democracy. Health Sociology Review, 15(5), 506-519.