“It’s all about presence”: Health professionals’ experience of interprofessional collaboration when mobilizing patients with hip fractures

Lone Assafi*, Dorte Evaristi, Cathrine Selnes Trevino, Trine Schifter Larsen

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Mobilization is an interprofessional task in the evidence-based care pathway 'Enhanced Recovery After Surgery'; multiple health professionals collaborate when mobilizing patients with hip fractures. Drawing on the theory of relational coordination, and focusing on relationships and communication, we set out to explore how health professionals experience and describe interprofessional collaboration when mobilizing patients with hip fractures treated according to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. Two rounds of interviews were conducted with 27 participants from 11 different professional groups, and the data were analyzed thematically. The main findings were that functional goals characterize the collaboration on mobilization due to undefined roles and responsibilities, and that specialized knowledge leads to a need for physical presence and formalization of work procedures in the collaboration. We argue that the hospital as a workplace can be characterized by logics of production and belonging. These logics create care work managed by quality, efficacy and scales of fairness that install power relations that must be recognized when engaging in interprofessional collaboration. We conclude that a primary focus on relationships and communication, as suggested by relational coordination, cannot solve the challenges of interprofessional collaboration, as the context in which health professionals work must also be considered.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Enhanced recovery after surgery
  • fairness
  • interprofessional collaboration
  • logics of care production
  • qualitative method
  • relational coordination

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