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Professional differences in interprofessional working

BAXTER Susan K., BRUMFITT Shelagh M.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22(3), June 2008, pp.239-251.
Informa Healthcare

UK government policy is encouraging healthcare staff to blur traditional roles, in the drive to increase joint working between practitioners. However, there is currently a lack of clarity regarding the impact that changes to traditional working practice might have on staff delivering the services, or on patient care. In this article reports findings from three qualitative case studies examining interprofessional practice in stroke care, in which the influence of professional differences emerged as a significant theme. Examples of practice were collected across the typical stroke care pathway of hospital ward, specialist stroke unit , and community stroke team. The article draws on findings from individual semi-structured interviews, as well as fieldwork observations, to describe the influence of professional knowledge and skills, role and identity, and power and status considerations in interprofessional working. The insights that were gained contribute to the understanding of how professional differences impact on healthcare staff joint working, and suggest that the elements identified need to be fully considered in drives towards changed working practice.

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joint working, interprofessional relations, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, professional role, stroke, case studies, health professionals;
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BAXTER Susan K., BRUMFITT Shelagh M.
Informa Healthcare
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joint working , interprofessional relations , nurses , occupational therapists , physiotherapists , professional role , stroke , case studies , health professionals

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