The Wielding, Sharing and Reliquishing of Power and Control in Health Care Decision-Making

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Submitted by Theresa J.K. Drinka on Oct 24, 2014 - 3:58pm CDT

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Conference Paper

This paper was originally published in the Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Health Team Care Conference, which took place September 19-21, 1984 at the University of Connecticut.  It is reproduced here with the permission of the authors.


This report is a continuation of a study (Ray and Drinks, 1983) of individual relationships within an interdisciplinary team at two points in time. The team had been in existence for 7 years at the time of this study. However, the members of the team had changed markedly. The team had proceeded through the storming/confrontation stage several times. They could, at the time of this study, be considered a nature team in that they were in control of their decision making powerm The previous report focused on a team's shift in interpersonal relations related to perceptions of power. Further analysis of interpersonal dynamics is the focus of' the present study. More specifically, this study examined dyadic relationships of individuals with an overall measure of three types of compatibility: originator; reciprocity and interchange (Schutz 1966).

Theresa J.K. Drinka
Robert O. Ray
Health Team Care Conference Proceedings