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Healthcare professionals’ identity conflict and ethical behaviour in End-of-Life circumstances: A qualitative study

Carminati, Lara and Heliot, YingFei (2019) Healthcare professionals’ identity conflict and ethical behaviour in End-of-Life circumstances: A qualitative study In: XX Italian Workshop of Organization Studies (WOA 2019 "Identity and Pluralism across Organizational Studies and Practices"), 07-08 Feb 2019, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.

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Abstract

Due to the increasing diversity and complexity of today’s society, identity conflicts represent an unpredictable challenge in workplace environments (Horton et al., 2014). Legal changes in medical regulations and advancements in medical technology have accentuated uncertainty in healthcare organisations (Karnik & Kanekar, 2016), exposing healthcare professionals to identity conflicts in the form of personal struggles and ethical dilemmas (Hurst et al., 2005). Indeed, doctors and nurses’ decision-making responsibility and clinical practice influence other people’s lives, especially in End-of-Life (EoL) circumstances (Kälvemark et al., 2004).

In these ethically-charged circumstances doctors and nurses’ professional identity values can interact with their other non-work identities values (Curlin et al., 2007), leading to identity conflict experience (Ashforth et al. 2008). Such identity conflicts can impact healthcare professionals’ psychological outcomes (Genuis & Lipp, 2013), decision making (Hurst et al., 2005), patient care (Bedford, 2012) and quality of the healthcare system (Sulmasy, 2008). Despite these serious consequences at individual, organisational and societal levels, how such ethical identity conflicts in healthcare professionals arise, are perceived and affect their behaviour remains unclear.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Carminati, Laral.carminati@surrey.ac.uk
Heliot, YingFeiY.Heliot@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 7 February 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Authors.
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 04 Mar 2019 10:41
Last Modified : 18 Feb 2020 16:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850618

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