Towards network and citizen: Collaborative care for drug abusers

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  • Anita Kihlström,

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    1. Department of Social Work, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
    • P.O. Box 720, Sprängkullsgatan 23, SE- 40530 Göteborg, Sweden.
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  • Ewa Wikström

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    1. Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
    • P.O. Box 610, Vasagatan 1, SE-40530 Göteborg, Sweden.
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  • This article was published online on 16 January 2008. An error was subsequently identified. This notice is included in the online and print versions to indicate that both have been corrected [22/01/2009].

Abstract

In Sweden like in many other countries, inter-organizational collaboration has been introduced to co-ordinate the care for clients. Even so, the knowledge of how inter-organizational collaboration is developed over time is limited today. This study focuses on how the inter-organizational collaboration was conducted in the care for drug abusers over a period of 5 years. The study sought to answer the following questions: Which effect does inter-organizational collaboration have on ways-of-working among professionals and which effect does inter-organizational collaboration have on the services provided by the clients?

We argue that inter-organizational collaboration is developed through three processes. First, the professionals redefine ‘areas of responsibilities’ in the different organizations. Second, the professionals ‘reconstruct their ways of working’ with clients. Third, the professionals ‘organize a networking model with the client as citizen in the centre’. This paper describes how the three processes appeared in the studied inter-organizational collaboration project ‘SANNA’ (Collaborative Care for drug abusers). Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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