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Healthcare 2017, 5(4), 73;

Importance of Leadership Style towards Quality of Care Measures in Healthcare Settings: A Systematic Review

2nd Department of Cardiology, Attikon University Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Athens 12462, Greece
Department of Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery, St. Georges, NHS Foundation Hospitals, London SE170QT, UK
Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete 71500, Greece
Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Crete 71500, Greece
Department of Obstretics and Gynaecology, Venizeleio General Hospital, Heraklion, 71409, Greece
Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London SE18WA, UK
These authors have equally contributed to the manuscript.
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Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 15 September 2017 / Accepted: 25 September 2017 / Published: 14 October 2017
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Effective leadership of healthcare professionals is critical for strengthening quality and integration of care. This study aimed to assess whether there exist an association between different leadership styles and healthcare quality measures. The search was performed in the Medline (National Library of Medicine, PubMed interface) and EMBASE databases for the time period 2004–2015. The research question that guided this review was posed as: “Is there any relationship between leadership style in healthcare settings and quality of care?” Eighteen articles were found relevant to our research question. Leadership styles were found to be strongly correlated with quality care and associated measures. Leadership was considered a core element for a well-coordinated and integrated provision of care, both from the patients and healthcare professionals. View Full-Text
Keywords: leadership; leadership style; quality of care; nursing leadership; leadership style; quality of care; nursing

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Sfantou, D.F.; Laliotis, A.; Patelarou, A.E.; Sifaki- Pistolla, D.; Matalliotakis, M.; Patelarou, E. Importance of Leadership Style towards Quality of Care Measures in Healthcare Settings: A Systematic Review. Healthcare 2017, 5, 73.

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