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Cooperation between gatekeepers in sickness insurance - the perspective of social insurance officers: A qualitative study
The MORSE project Musculoskeletal Research Centre, Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden - Development Centre, Spenshult, Halmstad, Sweden.
The MORSE project Musculoskeletal Research Centre, Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
The MORSE project Musculoskeletal Research Centre, Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden - Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Malmö, Sweden.
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2008 (English)In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 8, no 231, 1-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

Objective was to describe variations in how social insurance officers conceive the cooperation with the health care in their daily work with sick leave.

METHODS:

Fifteen social insurance officers (SIOs) working with administration of sickness benefits were interviewed. They were purposefully recruited to represent different parts of the social insurance office organization, different ages, gender, education, and work experience. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using phenomenographic approach.

RESULTS:

11 women and 4 men, aged 25-65, with a work experience ranging from 1-40 years were interviewed. Three descriptive categories embracing eleven subcategories emerged: 1) Communication channels included three subcategories; to obtain medical opinions, to hold meetings with actors involved, to experience support functions; 2) Organizational conditions included five subcategories; to experience lack of time, to experience problems of availability, to experience lack of continuity, to experience unclear responsibility, to experience ongoing change; 3) Attitudes included three subcategories; to conceive the attitudes of the physicians, to conceive the attitudes of the patients, to conceive the attitudes of the SIOs.

CONCLUSION:

Personal communication was described as crucial to ensure a more efficient working process. The personal contact was obstructed mainly by issues related to work load, lack of continuity, and reorganisations. By enhancing and enabling personal contact between SIOs and health care professionals, the waiting times for the sick-listed might be shortened, resulting in shorter periods of sick-leave. Issues around collaboration and communication between gatekeepers need to be recognized in the ongoing work with new guidelines and education in insurance medicine.

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London: BioMed Central, 2008. Vol. 8, no 231, 1-7 p.
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Disability Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Communication, Sick Leave, Qualitative Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2731DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-231ISI: 000261240800002PubMedID: 18992160Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-56649108111Local ID: 2082/3133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2731DiVA: diva2:239949
Available from: 2009-08-12 Created: 2009-08-12 Last updated: 2012-09-13Bibliographically approved

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