This qualitative case study engaged 20 health care professionals from secondary and tertiary healthcare institutions in Oman. The purpose of the study was to explore decision-making and influencers affecting funding decision-making in universal health care organizations. Data was collected via two phases of one-on-one interviews with 20 healthcare decisionmakers from secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities in the ministry of health in Oman. The research questions of what influencers affect funding and decision making in universal healthcare settings in Oman was answered by identifying the following as basis for decisionmaking: (a) decision maker attributes; (b) attributes of the decision made; (c) structural and system constraints; and (d) environment and external aspects. Influencers to the decisionmaking process included the following: (a) decision-maker preparation, (b) clarity of responsibilities of decision makers, (c) system transparency, and (d) communication elements. The study findings included discussion of decision-making from a leadership perspective, as well as the perspective of healthcare professionals. The study conclusions confirmed what is available in current literature with regard to decision-making in general such as influencers affecting decision-making and the decision-making process. As the study took place in Oman, the findings included discussion from the local perspective of the country. The responses of the participants included comparison to the literature reviewed and used to list recommendations to the Ministry of Health in Oman on how to improve the decision-making process regarding funding decisions. Recommendations included improving communication, training, delegation, system transparency, and team spirit to enhance the decision-making process in the Ministry of Health.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Decision making, Funding, Healthcare, Oman, Universal health|
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