Towards the best health care in the world? Exploration of the increased focus on cross-sectoral and interprofessional collaboration in education of health professionals

Sine Lehn*, Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen, Søren Engelsen, Cathrine Sand Nielsen, Karin Højbjerg, Elise Bromann Bukhave

*Corresponding author

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Background: In March 2022, the Danish government launched a long-awaited, national health initiative. Among the priorities is a strengthening of collaboration across the health care system, which according to the Minister is not "strong enough". The challenge with the collaboration across the healthcare professions and sectors is not new and educations for e.g. professions such nurses, physiotherapists and bioanalysts have, since the education reform in 2016), intensified their focus on strengthening the competencies for interprofessional and cross-sectoral collaboration.

Purpose: In this paper, we examine the question of whether and how an increased educational focus on cross-sectoral and interprofessional education of health professionals can contribute to solving the challenges of health care - and what implications this obligation has for how we can understand what it means to be a (health) professional.

Theory and method: On the basis of Sociologist Julia Evetts’(2003, 2009) concept of organizational professions , we offer a theoretically informed analysis of an empirical material consisting of approx. 35 semi-structured, qualitative interviews with clinical supervisors, local education managers and educational leaders, as well as a national survey conducted within eight professional educations within health.

Findings: The analysis indicates that the ambition to enhance collaboration across health care through post-graduate education alterations is difficult to fulfill. Each profession has different opportunities and motivations to take on this task. Where the task of working across professions can in some cases be linked to existing work tasks and values ​​linked to the profession, it is, in other cases, a requirement that is difficult to link to the profession's subject area and task portfolio. Overall, the analysis provides insight into the complexity of the efforts to give future health professionals an increased responsibility to create better coherence by working across existing professional and organizational boundaries in a structurally challenged healthcare sector.
StatusUdgivet - 2022
Begivenhed30th Nordic Sociological Association Conference
: Myths and Realities of the Nordic Welfare State
- University of Iceland, Reykavik, Island
Varighed: 10 aug. 202212 aug. 2022
Konferencens nummer: 30


Konference30th Nordic Sociological Association Conference
LokationUniversity of Iceland
AndetThe Nordic countries have long been held up as ideal societies due to, for example, comparatively low levels of inequality, favorable health outcomes, strong welfare states, lack of political corruption and high levels of societal trust. Nonetheless, research has shown that the notion of Nordic societies as ideal may be somewhat overstated and perhaps sometimes unfounded.<br/>We invite conference participants to engage in a conversation about the myths and realities of the Nordic welfare state, asking questions such as: Are the Nordic countries truly the feminist paradise they are often depicted as? Are health inequalities really the least pronounced in the Nordic countries? Are Nordic societies inclusive to all immigrants? This broad theme intersects all areas of sociological concern, including inequality, gender, migration, health, crime, the environment, education, religion, politics, culture, or the economy.<br/>Our goal is to host an inspiring conference where scholars can both describe Nordic realities but also critically examine myths of Nordic excellence.

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