Collaborative agency to support integrated care for children, young people and families: an action research study

Stuart, Kaz (Karen) (2014) Collaborative agency to support integrated care for children, young people and families: an action research study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14 (2).

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Introduction: Collaboration was legislated in the delivery of integrated care in the early 2000s in the UK. This research explored how the reality of practice met the rhetoric of collaboration.

Theory: The paper is situated against a theoretical framework of structure, agency, identity and empowerment. Collectively and contextually these concepts inform the proposed model of ‘collaborative agency’ to sustain integrated care. The paper brings sociological theory on structure and agency to the dilemma of collaboration.

Methods: Participative action research was carried out in collaborative teams that aspired to achieve integrated care for children, young people and families between 2009 and 2013. It was a part time, PhD study in collaborative practice.

Results: The research established that people needed to be able to be jointly aware of their context, to make joint decisions, and jointly act in order to deliver integrated services, and proposes a model of collaborative agency derived from practitioner’s experiences and integrated action research and literature on agency. The model reflects the effects of a range of structures in shaping professional identity, empowerment, and agency in a dynamic. The author proposes that the collaborative agency model will support integrated care, although this is, as yet, an untested hypothesis.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Integrated Care
Publisher: Utrecht University Library Open Access Journals (Uopen Journals)
ISSN: 1568-4156
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Working with Children and Families
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Research
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2015 16:04
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 10:26


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