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Professional differences in interprofessional working

Baxter, S. and Brumfitt, S.M. (2008) Professional differences in interprofessional working. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22 (3). pp. 239-251. ISSN 1469-9567

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Abstract

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, we report findings from three qualitative case studies examining interprofessional practice in stroke care, in which the influence of professional differences emerged as a significant theme. We draw 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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Informa UK Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Journal of Interprofessional Care'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Interprofessional working; professional; case study; stroke
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Section of Public Health (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > Department of Human Communication Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email s.k.baxter@sheffield.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 12:32
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13561820802054655
Status: Published
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/13561820802054655
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10569

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