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Open Dialogues in social networks: professional identity and transdisciplinary collaboration
Univ Oslo, Inst Psychiat, N-0319 Oslo, Norway.;Soerlandet Hosp Trust, Unit Res, N-4604 Kristiansand, Norway..
Univ Jyvaskyla, Dept Psychol, FIN-40014 Jyvaskyla, Finland..
Confederat Trade Unions Norway, Dept Econ & Social Affairs, N-0130 Oslo, Norway..
Karlstad University. Gjovik Univ Coll, N-2802 Gjovik, Norway.;Karlstad Univ, Karlstad, Sweden..
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2010 (English)In: International Journal of Integrated Care, ISSN 1568-4156, E-ISSN 1568-4156, Vol. 10Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this article is to explore the challenges connected to the transformation and emergence of professional identity in transdisciplinary multi-agency network meetings and the use of Open Dialogue. Introduction: The empirical findings have been taken from a clinical project in southern Norway concerning multi-agency network meetings with persons between 14 and 25 years of age. The project explores how these meetings are perceived by professionals working in various sectors. Methodology: Data was collected through three interviews conducted with two focus groups, the first comprising health care professionals and the second professionals from the social and educational sectors. Content analysis was used to create categories through condensation and interpretation. The two main categories that emerged were 'professional role' and 'teamwork'. These were analysed and compared according to the two first meeting in the two focus groups. Results and discussion: The results indicate different levels of motivation and understanding regarding role transformation processes. The realization of transdisciplinary collaboration is dependent upon the professionals' mutual reliance. The professionals' participation is affected by stereotypes and differences in their sense of belonging to a certain network, and thus their identity transformation seems to be strongly affected. To encourage the use of integrated solutions in mental health care, the professionals' preference for teamwork, the importance of familiarity with each other and knowledge of cultural barriers should be addressed.

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2010. Vol. 10
Keyword [en]
social network intervention, open dialogue, professional identity, focus groups
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Nursing Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40498ISI: 000208491000004OAI: diva2:905342
Available from: 2016-02-22 Created: 2016-02-17 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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