This book aims to identify, understand and qualify barriers to the patient-centred
knowledge sharing (KS) in interprofessional practice of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine (WM) healthcare professionals in Chinese
hospitals. This collaboration is particularly crucial and unique to China since,
contrary to Western practice, these two types of professionals actually work
together complimentary in the same hospital.
This study adopted a Grounded Theory approach as the overarching methodology to guide the analysis of the data collected in a single case-study design. A public hospital in central China was selected as the case-study site, at which 49 informants were interviewed by using semi-structured and evolving interview scripts. The research findings point to five categories of KS barriers: contextual influences, hospital management, philosophical divergence, Chinese healthcare education and interprofessional training. Further conceptualising the research findings, it is identified that KS is mostly prevented by philosophical and professional tensions between the two medical communities. Therefore, to improve KS and reduce the effects of the identified barriers, efforts should be made targeted at resolving both types of tensions.
The conclusion advocates the establishment of national policies and hospital management strategies aimed at maintaining equality of the two medical communities and putting in place an interprofessional common ground to encourage and facilitate communication and KS.
Introduction.- TCM and WM Collaboration in Chinese Healthcare Organisations.- Knowledge Sharing in Healthcare Sectors.- Research Paradigm and Methodology.- Research Design.- Research Findings.- Discussion.- Conclusion.- Appendices.
Dr. Lihong Zhou is a Knowledge and Information Management/Library Management academic with expertise and interests of the areas of knowledge creation, storage, sharing and utilisation, as well as IS implementation, project management and risk management. He currently is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Management, Wuhan University (No. 1 iSchool in China). Dr. Miguel Baptista Nunes is an experienced IT/IS academic and professional with expertise in the areas of IS design and development, project management and educational informatics. He is currently the Head of the Information Systems Research Group, the University of Sheffield. Dr José Miguel Baptista Nunes is an experienced IT/IS academic and professional with expertise in the areas of IS design and development, project management and educational informatics. He has worked as Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor with tenure) in the University of Sheffield since Year 2007.