9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Upsetting the Health Professional Workforce: Collaborative Care and Professional Boundries Building I, Auditório 1

The Impact of Professional Identities, Professional Dialogues and Interaction within the Health, Social and Educational Services

Objective: To explore the effect of how professional identities and professional dialogues are being negotiated when professionals working in the health, social and educational services are invited into the therapy room in order to contribute to a better health for persons in different kinds of crises or with mental health problems.

Method: Two focus groups consisting of professionals with experience of network meetings with adolescents were conducted. One group consisted of professionals working in the healthcare sector; the other group consisted of professionals working in the social and educational sector. Each group met twice. Topics related to interdisciplinarity, multi-agency work, dialogues, reflection, professional expertise and identity within network meetings were discussed.

Results: During the project the professionals revealed different knowledge and perceptions of the concept of dialogue. This may have implications and create problems in order to provide a better health care service for young people with mental problems. By including professionals from both the municipality and the national special health care sector it became possible to explore the dynamic interaction regarding their different work background and education in the focus groups dialogues. Problems connected to communication patterns and professional identity seemed to be especially important.

Conclusion: It seems apparent that network intervention involving different professional groups may shed light on both limitations and benefits for the professional dialogues that are created. An approach focusing much upon interdisciplinary dialogues and multi agency participations seems to be appropriate in exploring how different professional groups consider their therapeutic dialogues and their contribution to provide a better health for persons in need of mental health treatment.

Abstract for the 9th European Sociological Association Conference, RN 16 Sociology of Health and Illness. Lisboa, Portugal September 02-05 2009


Anne-Lise Holmesland, Research fellow.

In cooperation with:
Jaakko Seikkula, Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland,
Berit Grøholt, Professor, University of Oslo, Norway,
Tom Erik Arnkil, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland