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Laukka, E., Pölkki, T., & Kanste, O. (2022). Leadership in the context of digital health services: A concept analysis. Journal of Nursing Management, 30( 7), 2763– 2780.

Leadership in the context of digital health services : a concept analysis

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Author: Laukka, Elina1; Pölkki, Tarja1,2; Kanste, Outi1,2
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Medical Research Center Oulu, University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-02-28


Aim: To define and clarify the concept of leadership in the context of digital health services using Walker’s and Avant’s concept analysis model.

Background: Conceptualizing leadership in the context of digital health services is needed to deliver higher quality services and advance research.

Method: Searches were conducted of MEDLINE (Ovid), Scopus, CINAHL (EBSCO) and ProQuest (ABI/INFORM). Empirical articles were included if they reported attributes, antecedents or consequences of leadership in the study context. A total of 4037 references were identified; 23 were included.

Results: Leadership attributes concerned leaders’ behaviour, roles and qualities. Antecedents concerned informatics skills and competence, information and tools, understanding care systems and their complexity and education. Consequences related to organization, professionals and patient and care.

Conclusion: Based on our results, the term ’leadership’ should be more widely utilized in nursing practice and research.

Implications for nursing management: Nurse leaders need to be strong leaders; they need to be visionary and use strategic thinking to develop existing and new digital solutions. By becoming e-leaders, nurse leaders may increase the successful development and implementation of eHealth and benefit clinicians and patients.

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Series: Journal of nursing management
ISSN: 0966-0429
ISSN-E: 1365-2834
ISSN-L: 0966-0429
Volume: 30
Issue: 7
Pages: 2763 - 2780
DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13763
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. Journal of Nursing Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.