Professional Misconduct in Healthcare: Setting Out a Research Agenda for Work Sociology

Graeme Currie*, John Richmond, James Faulconbridge, Claudia Gabbioneta, Daniel Muzio

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In the light of its surprising absence in extant literature in the domain of the sociology of work, specifically within the journal Work, Employment and Society, this article represents a ‘call to arms’ for research focused upon professional misconduct in healthcare. Specifically, interrogation of four dimensions of professional misconduct in healthcare is called for: a broader definition of professional misconduct; antecedents of professional misconduct that recognize the effect of context; professional response to regulation of misconduct; and the hierarchical and affective challenge to frontline professionals blowing the whistle on professional misconduct.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number1
Early online date16 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (NIHR CLAHRC WM). The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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  • healthcare
  • professional misconduct
  • regulation
  • whistleblowing
  • work sociology

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