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The Importance of Delegation in Healthcare

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Why is delegation an important function; particularly, in the health care setting?

What is the relationship between delegation and empowerment?

Describe and analyze the the potential dangers of delegation. Hoe does delegation influence or impact empowerment?

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In order for any company to operate effectively there must be a positive relationship between managers and employers. Effective operation of an organization also depends on the ability of managers to delegate their authority and responsibility to employees. Many organizations tend to provide their employees a high degree of autonomy in order to increase the efficiency of their performance and the performance of the overall organization. In this sense the delegation and empowerment become important ideas that frequently define the effectiveness of the work of employees and how the organization performs. This is epecially important in the healthcare industry where it is often necessary for employees to have the autonomy to be able to make independent decisions. Changes in the healthcare system have increased the complexity in whcih specialists and their subordinates perform their services. The increasing amount of pressure on healthcare workers has enhanced the need for delegation an supervision. All healthcare jobs have expanded due to delegation. Healthcare workers such as nurses, clinicians etc. can become empowered and achieve professional development by ...

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The following solution discusses the importance of delegation , especially in the healthcare setting and how it is related to enpowerment. It also identifies potential dangers of delegation.

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Robert Frost (1874 -1963), an American poet wrote the following lines:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

There are two cults (options) within the traditions of ancient Greece - Aesculapius and Hygeia - which dealt with health care delivery. Aesculapius was a strict patient and health care provider model that was aggressively centered around the patient, whereas Hygeia was a public health model that focused on prevention in the context of public interest. It is clear that American medical care is built on the Aesculpapian model. When one considers our concerns regarding the allocation of health care, is it possible that some of our problems are associated with this choice made over 1,000 years ago? Consider how the debate would be altered had we taken the Hygeia model (option) as the standard of health care provision.

In particular, address each of the following:

1.What would the health care system look like?

2.What would be its primary legal, ethical, and moral obligations and why?

3.What would be among the problems facing this different model of health care?

4.What lessons, from this model, can you take into your own healthcare practice and/or values and why?

5. Consider the costs associated with the American healthcare system, the contentions associated with managed care implementation, and the continued problems associated with macro and microallocation within this system. What ethics do you believe should guide continuing change in the American health care delivery system? Why?

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