New paper on interprofessional collaboration in health

I’m delighted to announce the #OpenAccess publication of this paper:

Lindh Falk A, Hopwood N & Abrandt Dahlgren M (2017) Unfolding Practices: A Sociomaterial View of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health CareProfessions and Professionalism 7(2) doi: 10.7577/pp.1699

The primary author is Annika Lindh Falk, whose doctoral research is reported in the paper. A practice theory perspective is taken in analysis of detailed ethnographic data from a rehabilitation ward in Sweden.

This is one of many outputs from a longstanding collaboration between myself and colleagues at Linköping Universitet, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. The online preview was made available in 2016, with the paper scheduled for inclusion in Vol 7, Issue 2 (2017).

The abstract is below – please have a read and tell us what you think!

Knowledge sharing is an essential part of interprofessional practice and will be even more important in the future in regard to the opportunities and challenges in practices for delivering safe and effective healthcare. The aim of this ethnographic study was to explore how professional knowledge can be shared in an interprofessional team at a spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit. A sociomaterial perspective on practice was used to analyse the data, and by theorizing upon this, we captured different aspects of interprofessional collaboration in health care. The findings illuminate how knowledge emerges and is shared between professionals, and how it passes along as chain of actions between professionals, in various ways. The findings offer a novel perspective on how interprofessional collaboration as a practice, involving ongoing learning, unfolds. This reveals the mechanisms by which different forms of expertise are mobilized between professions as health care work.


4 thoughts on “New paper on interprofessional collaboration in health

  1. Mark Azavedo

    I’ve quickly skimmed the article. A little annoying that I can’t save to review properly later. Also annoying to not have a fuller biography of the researchers. At first sight, the researchers seem health-embedded. I think relevant insights are available from management science (oh, those damned knowledge silos!) on open knowledge management within supply chains.

    1. nickhopwood Post author

      Hi Mark
      You can save the article easily either by downloading the pdf or printing the html page to pdf on your computer.
      The first author is health embedded. I have been working in educational science for many years, and the third author has been based in both areas.
      I expect management science could bring (and probably already has) valuable insights in addition to the education/practice focus we take in this paper.

      1. Mark Azavedo

        Yep, did those things, but for whatever reason refused to save. I’ll try some more. On Management Science, Knowledge Management is a relatively new area. I guess in the past the issue was information control, now it tends to be somewhat different, meaning the accent is more on release, but, of course, with safeguards. I’ll try looking for anything that might be both pertinent and succinct to upload a link for.

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