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Knowledge Sharing in Chinese Hospitals

Identifying Sharing Barriers in Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Collaboration

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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

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Information SchoolThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Dr. Lihong Zhou is a Knowledge and Information Management/Library Management academic with expertise and interests of the areas of knowledge creation, storage, sharing and utilisation, as well as IS implementation, project management and risk management. He currently is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Management, Wuhan University (No. 1 iSchool in China). Dr. Miguel Baptista Nunes is an experienced IT/IS academic and professional with expertise in the areas of IS design and development, project management and educational informatics. He is currently the Head of the Information Systems Research Group, the University of Sheffield. Dr José Miguel Baptista Nunes is an experienced IT/IS academic and professional with expertise in the areas of IS design and development, project management and educational informatics. He has worked as Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor with tenure) in the University of Sheffield since Year 2007.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Knowledge Sharing in Chinese Hospitals
  • Book Subtitle Identifying Sharing Barriers in Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Collaboration
  • Authors Lihong Zhou
    José Miguel Baptista Nunes
  • Series Title Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management
  • Series Abbreviated Title Innovation,Technology
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-45162-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-45161-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51575-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-45162-5
  • Series ISSN 2197-5698
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-5701
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 35 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Care Management
    Cultural Studies
    Health Informatics
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