Doing Business in the NHS: Exploring dentists' decisions to practice in the public and private sectors

Calnan, M.W. and Silvester, S. and Manley, G. and Taylor-Gooby, P.F. (2000) Doing Business in the NHS: Exploring dentists' decisions to practice in the public and private sectors. Sociology of Health and Illness, 22 (6). pp. 742-764. ISSN 0141–9889. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Through discussion of the findings of a national study of general dental practitioners this paper explores the beliefs, values and practices of dentists, the factors that influence their decisions to practise in the public and/or private sectors, and their experiences of making the transition towards increased private practice. In examining particularly their ideological beliefs, attitudes to business and entrepreneurial behaviour, it considers the appropriateness in sociological thinking of the division between perspectives which have perceived professional behaviour as primarily motivated by economic self-interest and occupational control, and those which have considered professional behaviour to be characterised by altruistic values and a public-spirited concern for patient welfare.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: dentistry, professionalism, privatisation
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2010 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2012 14:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25506 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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