Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 261–271

How Physicians Lost Out to Managed Care: A Case Study of Accommodation and Resistance in a Medical Community

  • Cindy A. Stearns

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025650105014

Cite this article as:
Stearns, C.A. Journal of Medical Humanities (1997) 18: 261. doi:10.1023/A:1025650105014


This paper involves a case study of physicians working in an urban Midwestern region. It raises questions surrounding how physicians adapted to, encouraged and resisted the increasing presence of managed care in their work lives. The patterning of physician accommodation to managed care and the failure of physicians to mount any effective organized resistance in Metro has some important implications for theories about professional dominance and decline.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cindy A. Stearns
    • 1
  1. 1.Women's StudiesSonoma State UniversityRohnert Park

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