Multidisciplinary collaboration in primary care: through the eyes of patients

Lynn CHEONG, Carol Armour, S Bosnic-Anticevich

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Abstract

Abstract Managing chronic illness is highly complex and the pathways to access health care for the patient are unpredictable and often unknown. While multidisciplinary care (MDC) arrangements are promoted in the Australian primary health care system, there is a paucity of research on multidisciplinary collaboration from patients’ perspectives. This exploratory study is the first to gain an understanding of the experiences, perceptions, attitudes and potential role of people with chronic illness (asthma) on the delivery of MDC in the Australian primary health care setting. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with asthma patients from Sydney, Australia. Qualitative analysis of data indicates that patients are significant players in MDC and their perceptions of their chronic condition, perceived roles of health care professionals, and expectations of health care delivery, influence their participation and attitudes towards multidisciplinary services. Our research shows the challenges presented by patients in the delivery and establishment of multidisciplinary health care teams, and highlights the need to consider patients’ perspectives in the development of MDC models in primary care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-197
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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