Home About us Editorial board Ahead of print Current issue Search Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
  • Users Online: 1067
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 583-588

The sociological study of nurse-physician professional relationship in Iran

1 Department of Mental, Social Health and Addiction, Ministry of Health, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Sociology, Cameron University, Lawton, OK 73505, USA
3 Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Allameh, Tabataba'i, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Shirin Ahmadnia
Faculty of Communication, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Dehkade-ye-Olampic, 14896-84511, Tehran
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1735-9066.197680

Rights and Permissions

Background: During recent decades, various factors have modified the nurse–physician professional relationship pattern in hospital settings. The present study investigates the typology and dynamics of this relationship as well as the effects of social structures and the actors' agency by considering the gender variable in two professional groups of nurse and physician. Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted in 2009 using a quota sampling method of 100 female nurses and male physicians in four hospitals in Tehran. Results: The study revealed three distinct patterns of nurse–physician professional relationship including “dependence–independence,” “nondominance–dominance,” and “cooperation–participation.” Occupational socialization, gender stereotypes, organization support, and actors' agency were discovered as the most effective factors. Conclusions: Observing caution in generalizing the results, the predominant relationship pattern was derived from the persistence of gender stereotypes in the occupational context. Although there is a paradigm shift in the relational and embodied structures, balancing power resources are being formed by younger nurses who require more organizational support to improve the professional fulfilment and authority.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded257    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 5    

Recommend this journal