Collaboration in Rehabilitation Teams

Anne Croker

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    Rehabilitation teams were chosen as an appropriate context for this study since (a) such teams highlight the complexity of collaboration due to the range of different disciplines involved, (b) there is a long history of teamwork in rehabilitation, and (c) there is need for patients and carers to participate actively in rehabilitation processes. The latter is of particular relevance given the focus in this research on patient-centred care. The overall research questions explored in this project were: What is the nature of collaboration? How do people experience collaborating in rehabilitation teams? How does effective collaboration in teams promote patient-centred health care? What organisational support is required for collaboration to flourish and effectively contribute to patient-centred health care?The research approaches of philosophical hermeneutics and hermeneutic phenomenology were suitable for investigating the phenomenon as an abstract concept and as a contextualised human experience. Philosophical hermeneutics (Study A) enabled me to develop a deep understanding of the nature of collaboration (the verb).
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Higgs, Joy, Co-Supervisor
    • Trede, Franziska, Co-Supervisor
    Award date01 Jun 2011
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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