liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Split recipiency and scattered information: The complexity of decision-making in a multi-professional rehabilitation care team
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Communications Studies.
2006 (English)In: Lodz papers in pragmatics, Vol. 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Multi-professional teams have become an established part of the health care sector, where professionals such as psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists work together with doctors and nurses to solve the patients- problems. This has resulted in new modes of communication, mediated through the team conference, where the different professional groups make joint decisions in an increasingly complex environment. The paper is based on analysis of video-recorded team conferences held in a multi-professional team at a Swedish clinic for rehabilitation medicine. The team-s discussions during the conferences concern, among other things, the work (in)ability of twelve patients participating in the team-s Evaluation Programme. The recordings form one part of the ethnographically oriented material collected during six months of fieldwork at the clinic. Two key aspects shaping the team-s communicative practice are identified and analysed in relation to the context of the team-s work: 1) the split recipiency of the team-s work and 2) the fact that the information necessary in the decision-making process is scattered among the team members. Two imperatives corresponding to these two aspects influence the team-s communicative practice: a) acknowledge rather than ignore the complexity of the double recipiency situation and b) put forth or request any information that may be relevant to the decision-making process, regardless of whether it is part of your area of expertise.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 2
Keyword [en]
talk-in-interaction, decision-making, multi-professional communication, inter-professional communication, team work, health care
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35877Local ID: 28896OAI: diva2:256725
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Lundgren, Charlotte
By organisation
Faculty of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Communications Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 90 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link