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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: A Swiss health care professionals’ perspective on the meaning of interprofessional collaboration in health care of people with MS : a focus group study
Authors: Schmid, Fabienne
Rogan, Slavko
Glässel, Andrea
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18126537
Published in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume(Issue): 18
Issue: 12
Page(s): 6537
Issue Date: 17-Jun-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 1660-4601
Language: English
Subjects: Focus group; Health care professional; Interprofessional collaboration; Multiple sclerosis; Qualitative research
Subject (DDC): 362: Health and social services
Abstract: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system mainly of adults ranging from 20 to 45 years of age. The risk of developing MS is 50% higher in women than in men. Most people with MS (PwMS) experience a spectrum of symptoms such as spasticity, continence dysfunctions, fatigue, or neurobehavioral manifestations. Due to the complexity of MS and the variety of patient-centered needs, a comprehensive approach of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) of multiple health care professionals (HCP) is necessary. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the meaning of IPC in the comprehensive care of PwMS from a HCP perspective. Focus groups (FG) with HCP were conducted, recorded, and transcribed verbatim. The sample contained HCP from three MS clinics in different phases of care and rehabilitation. Four main categories emerged: (a) experience with IPC, (b) relevant aspects for IPC in patients' treatment, (c) differences in in- and outpatient settings, and (d) influence of patient perspective. IPC plays a crucial role in the HCP perspective when treating PwMS, which can benefit from an IPC therapeutic approach because HCP work together in a patient-centered way. The inpatient setting of HCP strongly supports the implementation of IPC. This prerequisite does not exist in outpatient settings.
Further description: Part of the Special Issue Health Care from Patients' Perspective
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
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