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The effort to control time in the 'new' general practice

MacBride-Stewart, Sara J. ORCID: 2013. The effort to control time in the 'new' general practice. Sociology of Health & Illness 35 (4) , pp. 560-574. 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01503.x

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Since the 1980s and 1990s doctors in the UK have reported a lack of time; this has been reproduced in the reorganisation of work through various contracts and regulatory mechanisms. I draw on interviews with 32 General Practitioners (GPs) in Wales about their everyday work, focusing on accounts about the limited nature of their time. I use Adams’ analysis of the rationalisation of work time through the processes of commodification, compression, and colonisation, to explore tensions between traditional and new ways of doctoring. While it was possible to find evidence of traditional ways of managing time that shaped the activities of doctors and controlled those activities, the doctors were not passive participants in the rationalisation of work time. Rather they actively modified its processes using notions of professionalism that are aligned to traditional doctoring, and which offer new ways of doing and being a professional.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: time; general practice; professionalism; modernisation
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness
ISSN: 0141-9889
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:11

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