Clients as mediators of interprofessional collaboration in mental health services in Iran

Alavi, M. and Irajpour, A. and Abdoli, S. and Saberizafarghandi, M.B. (2012) Clients as mediators of interprofessional collaboration in mental health services in Iran. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 (1). pp. 36-42.

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Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) has long been identified as a way of providing optimal mental health services (MHS). It is important, therefore, to identify and facilitate factors driving IPC. This paper presents health professionals' experiences and perceptions regarding the clients' role as a driving factor for IPC in MHS in an Iranian context. Health professionals included nurses, physicians (general physicians and medical specialists), psychologists and consultants. Qualitative methods were employed in the form of in-depth individual interviews and focus groups to collect data from 24 professionals and 4 clients. Data analysis generated four key themes: "Clients as axis of IPC", "Seamless services as a common incentive for IPC", "Clients as a common interprofessional linkage" and "Clients as a driving force to achieve IPC". From the professionals' perspective, it was found that clients had a mediating role in their collaborative relationships and practices. These findings are discussed in relation to the interprofessional literature. This paper goes on to argue that professionals need to be aware of and be trained about how to manage, as well as benefit from, the clients' fundamental role in IPC. © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent; adult; article; cooperation; female; health care personnel; human; interview; Iran; male; mental health service; middle aged; organization and management; patient participation; public relations; questionnaire, Adolescent; Adult; Cooperative Behavior; Female; Health Personnel; Humans; Interprofessional Relations; Interviews as Topic; Iran; Male; Mental Health Services; Middle Aged; Patient Participation; Questionnaires; Young Adult
Subjects: WA Public Health
Divisions: School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Depositing User: parto mrs bakhtminoo
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2019 10:39

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