The organizational health components for small-sized health-care organizations: A systematic review
Shirin Alsadat Hadian1, Mohammad Hossein Yarmohammadian2, Nasrin Shaarbafchizadeh2
1 Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Health Management and Economics Research Center, School of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
|Date of Submission||04-Sep-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||29-Dec-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Jan-2023|
Mohammad Hossein Yarmohammadian
Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, School of Management and Medical Information, Hezar Jerib St., Postal Code: 81746-73461, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
BACKGROUND: Organizational health (OH) is an organizational aspect in which staff is encouraged to be clearly involved and participate in decision-making, problem solving, and collaborating to improve organizational climate and culture. Multilevel staff involvement facilitates strengthened relationships, open communication, trust, and organizational commitment. The purpose of this study was to find components of OH for small-sized health-care organizations.
METHODS: A systematic review across three key databases by using an extensive list of keywords components and interventions was conducted. This survey included studies that explored various OH elements, components and interventions.
RESULTS: It comprises 34 full-text studies from 221 received studies. Afterward, the OH elements were classified into three main categories (OH elements, organizational health literacy, and organizational health interventions). Then, according to the reviewed data, 23 dimensions were defined similarly for all groups of studies and relevant explanations related to them were reported.
CONCLUSION: The OH encompasses multiple dimensions. Empirical research is required for designing a questionnaire according to the final extracted components and measuring its validation in small-sized health organizations.
Keywords: Component, Health care, Organizational Health
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Hadian SA, Yarmohammadian MH, Shaarbafchizadeh N. The organizational health components for small-sized health-care organizations: A systematic review. J Edu Health Promot 2023;12:37
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| Introduction|| |
Health-care organizations (HCOs) are considered large and complex contemporary organizations, owing to their advanced procedures and different resources. Therefore, there have been increasing health problems among professionals such as turnover and burnout, sickness absenteeism as well as sickness leave, negative stress, exhaustion and depression, high workload, time pressure, and difficult work situations, work-related musculoskeletal injury, moral distress, anxiety, and even mortality. Health problems among health professionals may be regarded as paradoxical, but they have become a reality in many health organizations. The level of health in an organization is related to its ability to achieve its goals and objectives and the vital role of leadership. Since human resources are the most important factors for efficiency and effectiveness, organizations cannot succeed without their efforts and commitment. In today's fast-paced, complex world, it seems indispensable for the manager of the organization to make an intimate and supportive relationship with staff, which in turn encourages them to commit to work and organization, perform their duties effectively, leaving work decreases and loyalty to the organization increases. Also, it seems important for the employers to simultaneously focus on employee's well-being and the organization's performance in terms of financial, social, and environmental responsibilities.
Organizational health (OH) is a more recent conceptualization that encompasses a multitude of parameters that aim to produce concrete output interventions to ensure that the employees have a favorable organizational commitment and resilience that is created through the employees' genuine desires and adoption of the organization's targets., As we spent a major part of our lives working in different organizations or interacting with them, the general opinion among the theorists is that there must be a balance between the negative and positive aspects of an organization and that we must endeavor to move toward positive organizational behavior. Human resources are one of the most important parts of every organization.
Health systems, as one of the main criteria for the level of growth and social welfare, play an important role in promoting various social, cultural, and economic indicators of countries. Today, organizations in the field of community health are determined that with a fundamental review of health management practices, they can work more than ever to implement the most effective methods in ensuring the health of individuals in the community. Surveys show that there are currently more than 25,000 health centers in Iran, of which more than 90% are considered small health centers., Given that the main goal of HCOs is to take care of patient's health and indirectly the health of employees, there is a strong relationship between effectiveness and OH.
In the last decade, various researchers have designed a framework for OH. Despite the presence of the complex challenges in managing HCOs, not enough studies have been done in the field of OH criteria in small-sized HCOs. Also, some studies have examined the relationship between OH components and other important components in the organization such as organizational culture, employee satisfaction level, and knowledge management, while most of these studies are outside the field of health and treatment (including in educational settings and business areas).,,,,, In addition, some other articles that have examined the components of OH in the field of health have used only one or all of the components of OH approved in previous studies,, while the present article seeks to identify other proposed components effective in OH. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the components of measuring OH in small-sized HCOs.
| Methods|| |
A systematic review of literatures was conducted on the field of OH, using three main databases, i.e. PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science, over the period of 1989–2020. Initially, keywords (free text terms) were identified by the authors through a brainstorming process. The identified keywords were refined and validated by a team composed of two university academic members and two health-care managers. The search strategy was formulated using Boolean operators. The formula was searched in the field of title or title/abstract in online databases. The search line was: TITle: (“organizational health” OR “OH”) AND TITLE-ABS-KEY: (aspect * OR dimension * OR rank * OR component * OR scale OR measure * OR criter * OR indic * OR tool * OR checklist OR tactic * OR strategy) AND TITLE-ABS-KEY: (Business OR company OR organization*).
Afterward, the identified publications were screened and then analyzed based on the following inclusion criteria: (i) studies that explored OH dimensions; (ii) articles in English; (iii) and years of publication from 1989 to May 2020. We excluded studies that (i) articles without appropriate data (solely focused on strategies and recommendation and experiments) and (ii) without available abstracts or full text or references. Then, a Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis 2020 for abstract checklist was used to improve transparency in reviews.
When all screening and extraction were completed, disagreements on relevance were discussed. After independent reading of the full texts, the content was analyzed and 34 of 221 articles that addressed the research criteria were selected and deeply reviewed. Then, all appropriate data were extracted from studies in 326 fields, then by reviewing data several times, those were classified in 264 separated dimensions. Finally, 23 dimensions in three categories were extracted and every subdimension-related criteria after reviewing several times were explained as a separate part in relation to the main categories.
| Results|| |
It was included 34 English full-texts of studies [Figure 1], with most studies (about 80%) published in the academic years 2015-2020, of which more than one third (12 studies, 35%) were on organizational health literacy and about one fifth (6 studies, 18%) on organizational health intervention and the rest covering other organizational health components.
As presented in [Table 1], our findings were classified into three main categories of OH which were OH elements (with main focus on correlations between OH and other elements such as leadership qualities, knowledge management, and psychological hardiness), OHL, and OHIs. Then, according to the reviewed data, 23 dimensions were defined similarly for all groups of studies. For example, in the community engagement component, OH studies focused on multilevel participation, membership, involvement, staff affiliation, public perceptions, and trust in clients, while the same category for OHL explained community engagement and partnerships,,,, involving patients, works in partnership with other organizations, undertaking community consultation and enabling consumer participation, and partnerships with other organizations, at the same time that of OHI were on social support; mental models of stakeholders; participation in intervention decision, stakeholder appraisals of intervention plans and activities; multilevel collaboration, social identity building, social comparison processes, interpersonal influences, and social learning; appointment of facilitator; and motivation of stakeholders.
|Table 1: Proposed organizational health-care components for health organizations|
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Paying attention to the OH category in the majority of studies, 75% (12 of 16) expressed leadership as the first key dimension followed by motivation with 63%. Also, between 5 and 9 (about 30% to 60%) of studies focused on quality improvement, financial resources, policy, community engagement, equity, education, community engagement, culture and moral or ethics, and teamwork. There was no information about the evaluation dimension in OH studies.
Considering OHL category, 75% (9 of 12) of studies similarly reported communication, community engagement, human resource, and care system as the first dimension, followed by leadership and policy dimension with 67% (8 of 12). Information management, education, and quality improvement were discussed in about 55% of studies. There was not enough information for reporting four dimensions such as moral or ethics, satisfaction, knowledge management, and innovation in OHL studies.
Turning into the OHI category, after community engagement dimension with 67% (4 of 6), leadership, policy, quality improvement, and teamwork similarly with 50% stood at the second important criteria of OH. Besides, communication, motivation, human resource, equity, organizational structure, culture, environment assessment, technology, and knowledge management were reported with 33%. Also, reported information for two dimensions such as moral or ethics and innovation was zero.
Furthermore, as depicted in [Table 1], the majority of studies (24 of 34, 71%) reported leadership scale as the key elements in OH, followed by community engagement and policy components by about 60% of studies. In addition, 11 dimensions were extracted from 10 to 17 studies, of which quality improvement and communication were discussed in 50% of studies, and motivation, human resources, and education dimensions were studied in between 41% and 44% of studies. Finally, another nine dimensions were discussed in 3–9 studies, of which innovation with the lowest rate was reported in just 3 of 34 studies.
| Discussion|| |
During the last few decades, there have been a number of reforms and organizational changes in the health systems, which is defined in terms of how a health organization is able to deal with and clarify the tensions of diverse and competing values. Here, we found 23 components of OH in three categories, while 17 investigators maintained that there are between 3 and 12 components.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Also, the number of OH dimensions varied from one study to another. For example, five dimensions of OH were discussed in three studies: Karami, G. Brega, and Mehta surveys, but that of Hashemi and Trezona studies was 7 dimensions.
Moreover, it was found that there was no actual similarity between various OH dimensions in most studies. For instance, four studies focused on six dimensions of OHL ,,, such as Anna Aaby and her colleagues which reported leadership and culture, systems, processes, and policies, access to services and programs, community engagement and partnerships, communication practices and standards, and workforce, but Farmanova's study attributes were access and navigation, communication, consumer involvement, workforce, leadership and management, and meeting needs of the population. Moreover, Trezona mentioned supportive leadership and culture, supportive systems, processes and policies, supporting access to services and programs, community engagement and partnerships, communication practices and standards, recruiting, supporting, and developing the workforce as the six OHL dimensions while according to Weave study, these components were patient–provider interaction, patient education, print materials, technology, inter-staff and interaction, and policy.
In addition, ten dimensions of OH were mentioned in four studies, for instance, in Dudek-Shriber's study was goal focus, communication, power equalization, decision- making, resource utilization, innovativeness, autonomy, learning, problem-solving, and memory, while that of Hasani investigation was relationship, involvement, loyalty and commitment, fame or prestige of the organization, morale, ethics, cognition of performance, target path leadership, staff development, and application of resources. Latrina's 10 dimensions were direction signs, information staff, leadership, integration, high-risk and in critical situations, communication standards, health literacy skills range, involving patients, media variety, workforce, and costs.
On the other hand, there were a significant direct relationship between OH with other elements in 10 studies such as knowledge management, spiritual leadership, leadership, cybernetic management, student achievement, nurses' and physicians' perceptions and quality of patient care, independency environment, teacher efficacy and positive learning environment, academic emphasis, and school culture and job satisfaction components.
This study has shown that a number of different components can be considered to examine OH in small-sized health-care organizations. Therefore, it was examined different elements of OH from three dimensions: OHIs, OHL, and other OH elements. The final identified and proposed OH elements for small-sized health-care organizations are leadership, policy, organizational structure, culture, changes, innovation, community engagement, communication, quality improvement, environment assessment, evaluation, motivation, financial resources, equity, satisfaction, human resource, moral/ethic, teamwork, care system, technology, information management, knowledge management, and education.
In this regards, each of the dimensions identified in the subset of a major title such as team work, and sub-title such as inter-staff interaction,,, share experience and be a role model,, team climate,, and team's perceptions so on, or title such as equity and sub-title such as power equalization, justice in pay, influences of age, gender, ethnicity, adapt an intervention into different languages (culturally diverse groups), fairness and values and tailor care to address inter-related forms of violence, was reported.
Although this study is the first to identify 23 OH components to use in small-sized health-care organizations, due to time constraints, and limited access to experts, it was not possible to determine the validity of the components extracted by experts. Therefore, further research is needed to study the implementation of our final components by questionnaire designing and measuring its validity and reliability. This will cause a precise process to standardize or to develop and create a very good questionnaire for OH in small-sized health organizations and to obtain the desired outcomes. In addition, due to the high number of identified components, it is possible to define other categories (in the form of merging existing components or further separating them).
| Conclusion|| |
The organizational health encompasses multiple dimensions. This research tried to help the healthcare policymakers by identifying the components of OH, to help improve the health of the mentioned organizations while trying to improve the health of patients and clients of health organizations.
Also, for further studies empirical research is required for designing a questionnaire according to the final extracted components and measuring its validation in small-sized health organizations.
The authors would like to sincerely thank Dr. Mostafa Amini-Rarani, the assistant professor of the School of Management and Medical Information at MUI, Iran because he guided us in categorizing proposed OH components for small-sized health-care organizations.
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