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Leading change in healthcare

WHEN A book promises to offer an alternative to the ‘antiquated and psychologically unsophisticated theories’ that have underpinned the leadership of change programmes to date, you can expect the interest of any forward-thinking manager, clinician or academic in the field to be piqued.

This reads much like a self-help book for weary healthcare managers and its practice-focused approach offers some interesting and positively presented case studies of real change and transformation. While the text is targeted at an American audience, there are situations, challenges and insights with which the UK reader can identify.

The contributors and their reference lists seem to direct the reader towards ideas, resources and literature that complement, support and confirm their messages and theories. Start reading from an academic perspective, however, and the lack of critique, discussion and robust supporting evidence may mar enjoyment. If approached as an easy read then this may be less of a problem.

This book presents an integration of important theories in the context of healthcare transformation. It should be up to the reader to decide whether or not these theories are as new as the authors suggest. I recognised most of what was

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This reads much like a self-help book for weary healthcare managers and its practice-focused approach offers some interesting and positively presented case studies of real change and transformation. While the text is targeted at an American audience, there are situations, challenges and insights with which the UK reader can identify.

The contributors and their reference lists seem to direct the reader towards ideas, resources and literature that complement, support and confirm their messages and theories. Start reading from an academic perspective, however, and the lack of critique, discussion and robust supporting evidence may mar enjoyment. If approached as an easy read then this may be less of a problem.

This book presents an integration of important theories in the context of healthcare transformation. It should be up to the reader to decide whether or not these theories are as new as the authors suggest. I recognised most of what was presented but again believe that it could have been more robust and thoroughly critiqued.

Allow this book to open your mind to new ideas. If you find something you really like, then explore it more deeply, visit the evidence behind it and draw your own conclusions — as good scholars would do.

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