Leadership in Allied Health: A Review of the Literature

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Patricia Bradd
Joanne Travaglia
Andrew Hayen


Background: It is well established that effective clinical leadership improves the quality of healthcare service provision and promotes leadership outcomes. [1,2] Leadership capacity and capability of allied health professionals is needed for successful clinical service provision, [3] but less is known about allied health leadership than about other clinical groups.

Aims: The literature review aimed to identify research about leadership and leadership development of allied health practitioners in healthcare settings.

Methods: A database review was undertaken using SCOPUS, CINAHL, Medline and Business Elite databases from December 2014-September 2015. Three leadership journals were also hand searched. A total of 1665 articles were identified. These were scanned and 129 articles were retrieved with 70 articles shortlisted for indepth review.

Results: After application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, seven journal articles were included in the literature review. Review of the studies identified two areas of primary focus: leadership styles and outcomes
and leadership development programs.

Conclusions: Findings showed that there are currently a limited number of robust published reports in relation to leadership and allied health practitioners. Implications for Practice: Well-designed research studies to further evaluate leadership skills of allied health practitioners as well as to determine the effectiveness of leadership programs in developing transformational leaders are required.

Abbreviations: CASP – Clinical Appraisal Skills Program; NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Bradd, P., Travaglia, J., & Hayen, A. (2017). Leadership in Allied Health: A Review of the Literature. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 12(1), 17-24. https://doi.org/10.24083/apjhm.v12i1.103
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Patricia Bradd, Sutherland Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sutherland Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Joanne Travaglia, University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor
Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 

Andrew Hayen, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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