Importance of Leadership Style towards Quality of Care Measures in Healthcare Settings: A Systematic Review

Healthcare (Basel). 2017 Oct 14;5(4):73. doi: 10.3390/healthcare5040073.


Effective leadership of healthcare professionals is critical for strengthening quality and integration of care. This study aimed to assess whether there exist an association between different leadership styles and healthcare quality measures. The search was performed in the Medline (National Library of Medicine, PubMed interface) and EMBASE databases for the time period 2004-2015. The research question that guided this review was posed as: "Is there any relationship between leadership style in healthcare settings and quality of care?" Eighteen articles were found relevant to our research question. Leadership styles were found to be strongly correlated with quality care and associated measures. Leadership was considered a core element for a well-coordinated and integrated provision of care, both from the patients and healthcare professionals.

Keywords: leadership; leadership style; nursing; quality of care.

Publication types

  • Review