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    Professional Power in the Healthcare Service

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    This 8 page paper assess the implications of 'professional power' for managers in health care organizations. This involves looking at the different types of power and how they may be used or abused. The bibliography cites 1 sources.

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    alone means that there will be an influence even where one s not sought. There are many types of power; professional power may be seen as existing in a  very strong form of power due to the way in which it is created out of other forms of power. This would be influential in any setting, but when  we look at the potency of professional power in a healthcare setting there is a potentially extreme influence that maybe exerted. This may be over staff, but also by the  medical profession over patients. Management need to be aware of these powers to monitor how they are used by management and also by the healthcare staff internally and with patients.  French and Raven describe a power taxonomy which provides a useful foundation for a power analysis of an organization. This model uses  five types of power; reward, coercive, legitimate, expert and referent, along with these there are three potential outcomes where power is used, compliance, commitment or resistance (French and Raven, 1959).  Legitimate power is seen where a legitimate request is made. This can be in different forms such as verbally or in writing,  however, the compliance with the request is also influenced by other factors, such as the way the request is made and the perception of the legitimacy of that request. For  example, a polite and friendly request is likely to be received more openly and as such, the potential for compliance is higher than a request made in the form of  a demand, where the psychological reaction may be resistance or resentment (Huczyniski and Buchanan, 1996). A legitimate request is also one that the recipient of the request feels it is 

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