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Towards network and citizen: collaborative care for drug abusers.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The International journal of health planning and management
Publication Date
Volume
24
Issue
3
Pages
233–250
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/hpm.916
PMID: 18200597
Source
Medline

Abstract

In Sweden like in many other countries, inter-organizational collaboration has been introduced to co-ordinate the care for clients. Even so, the knowledge of how inter-organizational collaboration is developed over time is limited today. This study focuses on how the inter-organizational collaboration was conducted in the care for drug abusers over a period of 5 years. The study sought to answer the following questions: Which effect does inter-organizational collaboration have on ways-of-working among professionals and which effect does inter-organizational collaboration have on the services provided by the clients?We argue that inter-organizational collaboration is developed through three processes. First, the professionals redefine 'areas of responsibilities' in the different organizations. Second, the professionals 'reconstruct their ways of working' with clients. Third, the professionals 'organize a networking model with the client as citizen in the centre'. This paper describes how the three processes appeared in the studied inter-organizational collaboration project 'SANNA' (Collaborative Care for drug abusers).

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