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A Shared Viewpoint but Diverse Focus: A Case Study about Teamwork within Geriatric Home Rehabilitation

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Mia Fernando ,

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, Division of Occupational Therapy, Alfred Nobels Allé 23, 4th floor, SE-141 83 Huddinge, SE
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PhD, Reg. Occupational Therapist
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Therese Hellman,

Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; Unit of Intervention and Implementation Research, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SE
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PhD, Reg. Occupational Therapist
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Staffan Josephsson

Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SE; Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Science, Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, NO; The Stockholms Sjukhem Foundation, The Research, Development and Education Unit, Stockholm, SE
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PhD, Reg. Occupational Therapist, Professor
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Abstract

BACKGROUND To explore the experiences of an occupational therapist and a physical therapist working together in geriatric home rehabilitation team.

METHODS A qualitative study based on interviews and observations. The participants, one occupational therapist and one physical therapist, were individually interviewed on three occasions during a six month period. Data was also collected by observing the OT and PT when performing home visits on two occasions. All data was analyzed by using a constant comparative approach.

RESULTS The analysis showed that the teamwork was based on shared basic values in combination with the participants’ diverse focuses and work tasks. Overlaps were apparent, but were not an issue in this team due to strong professional identities, direct communication and shared responsibilities. The teamwork was much about negotiating the professional prioritizations and being open-minded towards the other’s professions. The observations also revealed that the client played an important role in the teamwork.

CONCLUSION Important facilitators for creating productive teamwork are: clarification of similarities and differences in the professions included, identification of what work tasks are shared responsibility and what tasks are included in a specific profession, directness of communication, and acknowledgement of the client as an active team member.

How to Cite: Fernando, M., Hellman, T. and Josephsson, S., 2014. A Shared Viewpoint but Diverse Focus: A Case Study about Teamwork within Geriatric Home Rehabilitation. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education, 2(2), p.eP1043. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1043
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Published on 28 Mar 2014.
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