Emergence of Sustainability Based Approaches in Healthcare: Expanding Research and Practices

Malliga Marimuthu, Hanna Paulose

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The study explores the scope of sustainability practices in healthcare by systematically examining studies conducted on healthcare related issues within the context of sustainability. The review is focused on three main conceptual aspects – dimensions of sustainability practices in healthcare, drivers of sustainable practices within the industry and strategies to implement sustainability effectively in healthcare. Relevant literature on sustainability in healthcare is referred to address the developed research question. Based on the identified expanding dimensions of sustainability research and practices, future research insights are proposed as conceptual models that reflect the scope of sustainability practices in healthcare. This could enhance understanding of the literature and stimulate researchers to expand the research of sustainability in healthcare in a more widespread and holistic perspective as to ensure service excellence formation for business sustainability. The implications of the study are threefold. Firstly it provides researchers and practitioners interested in healthcare literature an overview of how the concept of sustainability has evolved over time in the healthcare sector. Secondly, the paper highlights the driving forces for sustainability implementation in healthcare and strategies to continuously enhancement the sustainability implementation in healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-561
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 6th International Research Symposium in Service Management - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Duration: 11 Aug 201515 Aug 2015


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