Social networks of professionals in health care organizations: A review

Stefano Tasselli*

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Abstract

In this article, we provide an overview of social network research in health care, with a focus on social interactions between professionals in organizations. We begin by introducing key concepts defining the social network approach, including network density, centrality, and brokerage. We then review past and current research on the antecedents of health care professionals' social networks - including demographic attributes, professional groups, and organizational arrangements - and their consequences - including satisfaction at work, leadership, behaviors, knowledge transfer, diffusion of innovation, and performance. Finally, we examine future directions for social network research in health care, focusing on micro-macro linkages and network dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-660
Number of pages42
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2014

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