Developing health and social care planning in collaboration

Margareta Rämgård, Kerstin Blomqvist, Pia Petersson

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Collaboration between different professions in community care for older people is often both difficult and complex. In this project, a participatory action research (PAR) was conducted in order to support the professions involved in the care for older people to develop individualized health and social care plans. Cases from daily work were discussed in different professional groups over a period of one year. A key finding was that lack of knowledge regarding the other professions' field of expertise and their underlying professional culture and values was a barrier in their collaboration. However, as the continuous reflective dialogue process progressed, the participants began to reflect more about the importance of collaboration as a prerequisite to achieve the best possible care for the recipient. This process of reflection led to the often complex needs of the care recipients being given a more central position and thus care plans being better tailored to each person's needs.5

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Medical and Health Sciences (3)


  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • action research
  • health and social care


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