We do not use the term ‘power’ in a negative or destructive sense but as a basic condition in society, and a necessity in a structured community. However, in situations where conflicts of values are present the use of power can have a negative impact on the persons involved.

Situations involving conflicts of values and the use of power exist in the primary as well as in the secondary health care sector. These conflicts arise typically in the daily contact between professionals and the recipients of health care.