Healthcare professionals’ experience of interprofessional collaborative encounters in primary care: a descriptive phenomenological analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Jeanne en
dc.contributor.advisor Savage, Eileen en
dc.contributor.author Trace, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-25T09:33:21Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-25T09:33:21Z
dc.date.issued 2020-04-27
dc.date.submitted 2020-04-27
dc.identifier.citation O'Reilly Trace, A. E. 2020. Healthcare professionals’ experience of interprofessional collaborative encounters in primary care: a descriptive phenomenological analysis. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 258 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10022
dc.description.abstract Interprofessional collaboration amongst healthcare professionals in Primary Care is becoming an important focus as a worldwide shift from secondary (specialist hospital care) to primary (first level of contact in general practice) healthcare delivery is being made. The establishment and development of Interprofessional collaboration has been supported by the World Health Organisation and many worldwide government strategies and policies to enhance quality, safety, and effectiveness within an increasingly burdened healthcare system. A lot of focus in the mainly qualitative research literature has been on healthcare professionals general experience, and/or identifying what key structure and process factors support interprofessional collaboration, or team working. However, more in-depth understanding of the nature of interprofessional collaboration is needed. This study is a qualitative enquiry into the lived experiences of interprofessional collaborative encounters in Primary Care in Ireland. Six healthcare professionals’ descriptions of collaborative encounters with others involved in Primary Care were acquired. The data was analysed using Giorgi’s descriptive phenomenological method, which is based on Husserl’s and Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical phenomenology. The results indicate that a collaborative encounter involves the following essential psychological constituents: change in momentum or drive; communication adaptation; development of closer relationship that provided nurturing, but in some cases enmeshment; exertion of influence in order to protect and provide benefit; and learning from experience, reflection and education. The lived experience of an interprofessional collaborative encounter/s as shown in this study gives a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances involved. Thus, this study aids the appreciation of the actual, whole interprofessional collaborative experience rather than a focus on the idealized, or only positive aspects of this experience. This has relevance for healthcare professionals, managers, educators, and researchers who can use this understanding of the phenomenon to develop and expand their knowledge, or management, or educational support, and/or research focus. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2020, Anna O'Reilly Trace. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Interprofessional collaboration en
dc.subject Descriptive phenomenological analysis en
dc.subject Healthcare professional en
dc.title Healthcare professionals’ experience of interprofessional collaborative encounters in primary care: a descriptive phenomenological analysis en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD - Doctor of Philosophy en
dc.internal.availability Full text not available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy en
dc.check.chapterOfThesis Restricted access (embargo for 10 years) for the thesis, and the following chapter to be redacted Chapter 5: Results section (pages - 98 - 157) en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2020 en
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dc.check.date 2030-04-28


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