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health care, mission statements, values



  1. Williams, Jaime
  2. Smythe, William
  3. Hadjistavropoulos, Thomas
  4. Malloy, David C.
  5. Martin, Ronald


Abstract: We examined the content of Canadian hospital mission statements using thematic content analysis. The mission statements that we studied varied in terms of both content and length. Although there was some content related to goals designed to ensure organizational visibility, survival, and competitiveness, the domain of values predominated over our entire coding structure. The primary value-related theme that emerged concerned the importance of patient care.