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How Service Users Perceive the Concept of Participation, Specifically in interprofessional practice
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare. (SALVE)
Department of Social Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare. (0000-0003-3817-4981)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3817-4981
2012 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 42, no 1, 129-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper reports on empirical research exploring and describing the variations in service users' conceptions of service user participation (SUP), specifically in interprofessional practice. The social work practices in which front line workers were using interprofessional teamwork were explored at three Swedish welfare institutions. Service users included individuals with chronic pain disorders, obesity conditions or in need of short-term placement in elder care facilities. The qualitative study design was informed by a phenomenographical approach and conducted as semi-structured individual interviews with twenty-two service users. The main findings suggest five qualitative variations of service user's conceptions of SUP: (i) information transmission; (ii) choices and decisions among resources; (iii) comfortable relationship and communication; (iv) interaction for increased understanding; and (v) conditions for service user participation. The findings highlight the importance for the interprofessional team of social workers and other professionals to recognise the various ways of experiencing SUP by service users. The findings thereby support the possibilities to understand and to take into consideration the individual service user's conceptions of SUP in interprofessional practice.

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2012. Vol. 42, no 1, 129-146 p.
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Interprofessional working, qualitative methods, service users, teamwork, user participation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15182DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr049Local ID: HHJKvalitetISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-15182DiVA: diva2:420079
Available from: 2011-05-30 Created: 2011-05-30 Last updated: 2015-11-17Bibliographically approved

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