Improving interprofessional collaboration in a community setting: relationships with burnout, engagement and service quality

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The main purpose of this study was, firstly, to evaluate the effect of an intervention aimed at improving interprofessional collaboration and service quality, and secondly, to examine if collaboration could predict burnout, engagement and service quality among human service professionals working with children and adolescents. The intervention included the establishment of local interprofessional teams and offering courses. The sample was recruited from six different small municipalities in Northern Norway (N = 93) and a comparison group from four similar municipalities (N = 58). Participation in the project increased the level of collaboration in the intervention group significantly (Hedges' g = 0.36), but not the perceived level of service quality. Hierarchical regression analyses were used to test a model for predicting burnout, engagement and perceived service quality using work-related factors, including collaboration as predictors. Both burnout and engagement were predicted by job demands and resources after controlling for demographic variables and participation in the project. Service quality was mostly predicted by collaboration. Increasing collaboration seems possible by introducing practice-based changes; however, this intervention did not have the desired effect on perceived service quality.

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Martinussen, Monica
Adolfsen, Frode
Lauritzen, Camilla
Richardsen, Astrid Marie
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Journal of Interprofessional Care. 26(3):219-25, 2012 May.