Knowledge Sharing in Chinese Hospitals

Identifying Sharing Barriers in Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Collaboration

  • Lihong Zhou
  • José Miguel Baptista Nunes

Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 1-7
  3. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 9-18
  4. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 19-38
  5. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 39-52
  6. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 53-81
  7. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 83-155
  8. Lihong Zhou, José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 157-183
  9. Lihong Zhou, JoséMiguel Baptista Nunes
    Pages 185-191
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 193-221

About this book


This book aims to identify, understand and qualify barriers to the patient-centred knowledge sharing (KS) in interprofessional practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine (WM) healthcare professionals in Chinese hospitals.  This collaboration is particularly crucial and unique to China since, contrary to Western practice, these two types of professionals actually work together complimentary in the same hospital.

This study adopted a Grounded Theory approach as the overarching methodology to guide the analysis of the data collected in a single case-study design.  A public hospital in central China was selected as the case-study site, at which 49 informants were interviewed by using semi-structured and evolving interview scripts.  The research findings point to five categories of KS barriers: contextual influences, hospital management, philosophical divergence, Chinese healthcare education and interprofessional training.  Further conceptualising the research findings, it is identified that KS is mostly prevented by philosophical and professional tensions between the two medical communities.  Therefore, to improve KS and reduce the effects of the identified barriers, efforts should be made targeted at resolving both types of tensions.

The conclusion advocates the establishment of national policies and hospital management strategies aimed at maintaining equality of the two medical communities and putting in place an interprofessional common ground to encourage and facilitate communication and KS.


Chinese Healthcare Organisations Cultural Difference Interprofessional Communication Knowledge Sharing Knowledge Sharing Barriers Patient-Centered Healthcare

Authors and affiliations

  • Lihong Zhou
    • 1
  • José Miguel Baptista Nunes
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Information ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Information SchoolThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

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