The representation of the relationship between users and the healthcare system: Hospital staff cultural models

Renzo Carli, Rosa Maria Paniccia, Francesca Dolcetti, Silvia Policelli, Elisabetta Atzori, Andrea Civitillo, Serafina Biagioli, Silvia Spiropulos, Risia Fiorentino


The present research study aims at exploring the representation of the health service within a group of hospital physicians and nurses. The objective is to identify how the symbolic dynamic of hospital workers shapes their own praxis. The texts of interviews with 25 hospital workers have been subjected to Emotional Text Analysis (ETA). Five clusters emerge from the analysis where the topic of giving life and avoiding death is central and where the hospital assumes a thaumaturgical and basically omnipotent role. This is in conflict with recognizing the limitations of therapy. Only in the background the culture of curing the patients appears, characterized by aggressive reactivity towards the crisis which leads patients to emergency intervention because crises are ascribed to deviances frommedical prescription. Emergency intervention is ultimately the kind of intervention which the hospital believes it is capable to provide. Another problem is the lack of filters provided by bureaucratized general practitioners, whose cooperation would be essential, but who are supposed to have no longer the necessary relationship with their patients.


hospital; organizational competence in healthcare system; collusive dynamic; physician-patient relationship; healthcare culture.

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