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A health-care model of emotional labour: an evaluation of the literature and development of a model.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16206916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This paper aims to evaluate the literature on emotional labour in the health-care sector and the benefits and costs of such performance for both the carer and the patient. The aim is to develop a new health care model of emotional labour that has implications for health-care management in terms of policy and education as well as for future research in this field.
DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: A new model to explain the antecedents and consequences of emotional labour within a health-care setting is developed that builds on existing research.
FINDINGS: The model distinguishes between types of emotional conflict to which emotional labour-inducing events in health-care settings might lead. The negative and positive consequences, specific to health-care settings, of emotional labour performance are also outlined.
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Emotional labour should be formally recognised as a key skill in facilitating the patient journey, with emotional skills being taught in innovative ways outside the formal classroom setting. Health-care professionals should be offered training on coping with the effects of emotional labour performance. Finally, more research should be carried out to further develop the model, particularly in identifying causes of emotional labour within health-care settings and in differentiating the effects that different kinds of emotional labour performance might have.
ORIGINALITY/VALUE: The paper draws together previous research on emotional labour within health-care settings to develop a coherent model that can be used to guide future research and practice.
Sandi Mann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health organization and management     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1477-7266     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Organ Manag     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-06     Completed Date:  2005-11-04     Revised Date:  2011-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101179473     Medline TA:  J Health Organ Manag     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  304-17     Citation Subset:  H    
Department of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Great Britain
Health Personnel / psychology
Models, Organizational*
Patient Care / psychology*
Patients / psychology
Stress, Psychological*

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