This much-needed and very accessible book will be essential reading for anyone interested in a better approach to healthcare reform, from clinicians and nurses, to managers and policy makers, as well as the interested reader.
Foreword by Dr Maria Theresa Ho.
1. Power and Complexity of Culture: Healthcare Insights.
2. Healthcare Models in Conflict: What about the Patient?.
3. Tribalism Between Clinicians and Managers: Risks to Patients.
4. Bullying in Healthcare Institutions: An Anthropological Perspective.
5. Leading Cultural Change in Healthcare.
6. Leading Mergers in Healthcare: Cultural Processes.
7. Faith-Based Healthcare: Case Study.
Arbuckle diagnoses the dissonance arising from business-based and value-based approaches in healthcare. He argues the dichotomy is itself a lie, and that values, and the mission perspective motivates people in the profession, and this provides the basis for a truly effective and humane business model for healthcare. Arbuckle outlines the dysfunctionality of the competing models, which lead to the common experiences of failure in reform and problems of siloed tribalism and destructive workplace cultures.
Every healthcare system needs effective leadership. Arbuckle provides a challenging view of effective healthcare leadership, and the principles needed to shape sustainable reforms going forward. Arbuckle introduces the ‘paramodern’ dimension to understanding reform and leadership skills in 21st century healthcare management. He provides the concept of refounding as the key to building a link between present competing frames of managing healthcare and the skills needed to drive effective and humane long standing reform.''
Professor Peter Steane PhD, Australian Catholic University
'This book is a useful mirror for managers and clinicians to reflect on and mitigate their own responses to structural change.'
- Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research and Policy at Queen Mary, University of London
'In Humanizing Healthcare Reforms, Arbuckle excises the dialogue out of the conventional logic that has been so unsatisfying in solving the challenge of healthcare, drawing us into a credibly optimistic conversation in which cultural understandings make transformative change imaginable. His deeply provocative, delightfully articulated, and thoroughly constructive text fills an important gap in the debates about healthcare system reform, reviving the essence of the moral and spiritual ideals that led to the development of healthcare systems in the first place and offering a practical guide to enacting them through visionary and strategic leadership.
Arbuckle speaks the language of the idealist and committed people who struggle to solve the problems of healthcare in our modern age, and offers them a new way forward.'
-Professor Sally Thorne, University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, Canada