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Humanizing Healthcare Reforms

Humanizing Healthcare Reforms

Gerald A. Arbuckle, PhD

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This book looks at the problems facing healthcare systems from a social anthropological angle, and argues for a return to a values-based approach to healthcare. The author clarifies how organizations need to identify the goals that unite their members and how individuals at every level can contribute to positive change in their organizations.
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Paperback / softback
2012, 9.02in x 6.22in / 229mm x 158mm, 272pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-318-1
2012, ePUB, 272pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-658-5
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Looking at the current turmoil facing contemporary healthcare systems worldwide, resulting from relentless imposition of financially-based performance indicators, the author argues that a return to a values-based approach to healthcare will create positive transformation. Writing from the fresh perspective of social anthropology, the author takes a highly pragmatic approach to practice, emphasizing the importance of values such as compassion, solidarity and social justice. He suggests that without being able clearly to identify the values and goals that unite their members, healthcare organizations are unlikely to be able to meet the demands of the constant and varied pressures they face, and explains how individuals at every level in healthcare can contribute in practical ways to positive change within their organizations.

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.


'Humanizing Healthcare Reform is essential reading for all those interested in a structured approach to healthcare reform, from clinicians and nurses to managers and policy makers.'
- Nursing Standard

'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

'This is an important book...The book is a stupendous achievement...There is a uniquely wide vision of the healthcare elephant from every side and corner... There is a mountain of reading, and his references section is gigantic, up-to-date and very wide-ranging... spiritually founded, culturally intelligent, multi-dimensional portrayal of healthcare systems caught between the claims of technical excellence, financial efficiency and humanized compassionate care. There is nothing like it.'
- Desmond Ryan


Foreword by: Maria Theresa Ho
By (author): Gerald Arbuckle