TITLE

Collaborative health care teams in Canada and the US: Confronting the structural embeddedness of medical dominance

AUTHOR(S)
Lynn Bourgeault, Ivy; Mulvale, Gillian
PUB. DATE
December 2006
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Dec2006, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p481
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There has been a renewed interest in collaborative models of health care delivered by 'interdisciplinary teams' of providers across several health care systems. This growing phenomenon raises a host of issues related to the management of professional boundaries and the contemporary state of medical dominance. In this paper, we undertake a critical analysis of the factors both promoting and impeding collaborative care models of primary and mental health care in Canada and the U.S. The data our arguments are based upon include a combination of documentary and interview data from key stakeholders influential in various collaborative care initiatives. Based on these data, we develop a conceptual model of the various levels of influence, focusing in particular on the macro (regulatory/funding) and meso (institutional) factors. Our comparative policy and institutional analysis reveals the similarities and differences in the influences of the broader contexts in Canada and the U.S., and by extension the different ways that the structural embeddedness of medical dominance impinges upon and reacts to recent policy changes regarding collaborative health care teams.
ACCESSION #
23687509

 

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