Dynamics of interprofessional teamwork: Why three logics are better than one
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Original versionSkyberg HL, Innvær S. Dynamics of interprofessional teamwork: Why three logics are better than one. Social Science and Medicine. 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113472
Much research has used three logics to understand the dynamics of interprofessionalism: 1) assimilation, that is, adapting the work of others; 2) segregation, where professional roles are separated and boundaries defended; and 3) integration, a perspective on the complementarity of professional roles. However, we found no studies analysing all three logics in connection with each other. Based on an ethnographic study of interprofessional teamwork in the field of mental health and substance use in Norway, this article explores the dynamics of interprofessionalism from all three perspectives. The data collection consisted of 14 observation sessions and 18 in-depth interviews of professionals in the field of health and social work. Investigating how, when and why each logic came into play, the results show the importance of including all three logics to leverage each one's purpose and function, and how they appear almost simultaneously in many situations. By investigating all three logics, the paper provides a broader, more comprehensive view of interprofessional teamwork.