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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2016, Volume : 7, Issue : 4
First page : ( 77) Last page : ( 84)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2016.00194.7

The Changing Role of Supervisors: From Authoritative to Supportive

Kavya R*

Assistant Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, St John's Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore

*Corresponding author: Dr Kavya R Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Population Health, St John's Research institute, St John's National Academy of Health Sciences Bangalore

Online published on 14 October, 2016.


Supervision is an integral part of effective human resource management in health. Since its implementation into health system monitoring processes, the word ‘Supervision’ symbolizes an erratic-timed, interrogative, fault-finding exercise often de-motivating and demoralizing healthcare workers. Supportive supervision of health staffs is an answer to labour-intensive, stressful and challenging work environments in health. This article outlines the definition and principles of supportive supervision, skills of a supervisor and steps in conducting a supportive supervisory visit. It also identifies current constraints and challenges in the integration of supportive supervision into human resource management.



Health Supervision, Supportive supervision, Traditional supervision.


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