Perceptions of experiences with interprofessional collaboration in public health nursing: a qualitative analysis

Dahl, Berit Misund and Crawford, Paul (2017) Perceptions of experiences with interprofessional collaboration in public health nursing: a qualitative analysis. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 32 (2). pp. 178-184. ISSN 1469-9567

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In public health nursing interprofessional collaboration has become a goal, however, there is little clarity on the distribution of responsibility or approach to cooperation between the professional groups. The aim of the study was to explore public health nurses’ perceptions of their experiences related to interprofessional collaboration. A qualitative content analysis was carried out. An interview study with a purposeful sample of 23 Norwegian public health nurses (PHNs) was conducted. Data were analyzed using semi-structured interviews to identify categories and themes of PHNs’ working lives. The data were classified into three major themes: institutionality: the institutional understanding of the professional roles; competence: clarifying jurisdictional borders, and recognition: professionals` recognition of different roles. There needs to be a robust strategy in collaborative working that involves public health nurses among other professionals to avoid role overlap, interpersonal and interprofessional conflict and reduce the damaging threat or stress that comes with informal or ad hoc rules of engagement and status claiming by one profession over another.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Interprofessional Care on 24/10/2017, available online:
Keywords: Competence, Institutionality, Interprofessional collaboration, Public health nursing, Qualitative content analysis, Recognition
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:13

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