Ph.D. project: Developing dialogic practice and knowledge to enhance inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration in patient-centred neurorehabilitation
The PhD project is funded by Region Zealand,Denmark which has established a Centre for Neurorehabilitation for Young People at Slagelse hospital in order to improve the treatment of young people with an acquired brain injury. The PhD project is based on a dialogic action research design and is being carried out in collaboration with the interdisciplinary specialist team at the centre. The project has two main aims with respect to practice change: a) to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration and b) to improve team practices on principles of person-centred care in which patients’ needs and experiences are taken into account. To combine the two aims- stronger interdisciplinary collaboration and greater involvement of patients’ needs - the project experiments with, and reflexively analyses, dialogic processes and methods designed to enable the specialist team and their cross-sectoral colleagues to develop their capacity for interdisciplinary work with each other and engage in meaningful, reflexive collaborative relationships with their patients and each other. The ambition is, through the interplay between theory, empirical material and practice, to co- produce knowledge and practice change with patients and cross-sectoral personnel.
In the PhD project, a theoretical framework is constructed that combines dialogic communication theory, research on collaborative, person-centered health care, poststructuralist theory and creative analytic practices, and dialogic action research. Inspired by the dialogue philosophy of Mikael Bakhtin, it focuses on bringing different voices into play in decision-making and understanding more about the complexities of the co-production of knowledge in practice. With respect to both theory and practice, my current interest is in addressing the following questions: What potentials /opportunities and tensions/challenges arise in negotiations of knowledge, identities and social relations in action research about an interdisciplinary health care team and inter-sectoral collaboration? How can a combination of dialogic communication theory, research on collaborative, person-centred health care, post-structuralism and dialogic action research theory in interaction with empirical material and action research practice contribute to the research field on dialogue in interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration?
Communication and Work Life Studies, Master of Communication, Roskilde University
Award Date: 5 Jun 2014