Organizational Influences on Patient Health Behaviors

  • James R. Greenley
  • Robert E. Davidson

Abstract

Modern technological and scientific medicine is a relatively new phenomenon (Anderson, 1985). The modern profession of medicine has developed in the past 100 years. The delivery of medical care in formal organizations and bureaucratic settings has accelerated rapidly in the last few decades (Mechanic, 1976). Practitioners and health services researchers have come to increasingly appreciate the extent to which these organizational settings influence patient behaviors. These influences are difficult to study because they usually involve comparing different kinds of patients across a variety of organizations. Nevertheless, there has appeared a small but significant body of theory and research guiding our understanding of these organizational influences on patient health behaviors. This chapter will describe a particular theoretical perspective to explain organizational behaviors vis-à-vis patients and to interpret data about patient behavior in different organizational contexts.

Keywords

Health Care Organization Community Mental Health Center Patient Behavior Health Service Researcher Bureaucratic Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Greenley
    • 1
  • Robert E. Davidson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social ScienceIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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