Work environment and qualty in hospitals with different ownerships

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 2800000 SEK


The question of how a complex enterprise such as healthcare should best be organized has long undergone serious debate among politicians and professional caregivers. The ongoing political reorientation in Sweden – with its increased focus on private activities – has initiated a discussion on the pros and cons of introducing for-profit interests into public health care.

Factors such as psychological work climate, and well-being among health care staff, have previously been investigated. However, the care receiver, i.e., the patients, and their perceptions of the quality of care, have been somewhat neglected in this body of research. The present research project adopts a work- and organizational psychology approach, and earlier empirical studies within this field have shown that individuals’ experience of their work environment may be related to patients’ perceived quality of care, which, in turn, emphasizes the importance of scientifically investigating the relationship between different types of ownership, on the one hand, and health care staff’s perceived work environment, on the other hand.

Hence, the main objective of the present research project is to investigate psychological work climates and well-being among health care workers, in acute care hospitals under different types of ownership, on the one hand, and how these factors may be related to patients’ perceived quality of care. The research project will be conducted through questionnaire and interview studies in acute care hospitals in the Swedish capital area, and will hopefully provide a valuable contribution to the overall evaluation of different hospital ownerships, as well as future efforts within the field of health care work environment.

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