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Ward social workers’ views of what facilitates or hinders collaboration with specialist palliative care team social workers: A grounded theory

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Palliative Care, July 2017
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Title
Ward social workers’ views of what facilitates or hinders collaboration with specialist palliative care team social workers: A grounded theory
Published in
BMC Palliative Care, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12904-017-0214-z
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Authors

Janice Firn, Nancy Preston, Catherine Walshe

Abstract

Inpatient, generalist social workers in discharge planning roles work alongside specialist palliative care social workers to care for patients, often resulting in two social workers being concurrently involved in the same patient's care. Previous studies identifying components of effective collaboration, which impacts patient outcomes, care efficiency, professional job satisfaction, and healthcare costs, were conducted with nurses and physicians but not social workers. This study explores ward social workers' perceptions of what facilitates or hinders collaboration with palliative care social workers. Grounded theory was used to explore the research aim. In-depth qualitative interviews with masters trained ward social workers (n = 14) working in six hospitals located in the Midwest, United States were conducted between February 2014 and January 2015. A theoretical model of ward social workers' collaboration with palliative care social workers was developed. The emerging model of collaboration consists of: 1) trust, which is comprised of a) ability, b) benevolence, and c) integrity, 2) information sharing, and 3) role negotiation. Effective collaboration occurs when all elements of the model are present. Collaboration is facilitated when ward social workers' perceptions of trust are high, pertinent information is communicated in a time-sensitive manner, and a flexible approach to roles is taken. The theoretical model of collaboration can inform organisational policy and social work clinical practice guidelines, and may be of use to other healthcare professionals, as improvements in collaboration among healthcare providers may have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 64 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 14%
Researcher 6 9%
Student > Bachelor 5 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 8%
Other 13 20%
Unknown 14 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 25%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 20%
Social Sciences 9 14%
Psychology 4 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 3%
Other 6 9%
Unknown 14 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 July 2017.
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#2,679,476
of 11,477,928 outputs
Outputs from BMC Palliative Care
#256
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#74,159
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Palliative Care
#10
of 11 outputs
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