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Mangrio, E. & Hjortsjö, M. (2023). Health, social, and dental professionals’ experiences of working within an extended home-visit program in the child healthcare: A qualitative interview study in Sweden. BMC Health Services Research, 23, Article ID 820.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health, social, and dental professionals’ experiences of working within an extended home-visit program in the child healthcare: A qualitative interview study in Sweden
2023 (English)In: BMC Health Services Research, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 23, article id 820Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

The goal of the Swedish child healthcare system is to reach all children with health-promotive actions and to create equal health opportunities for all children. In that context, an extended home-visit program – called Grow Safely – for first-time parents, with an interprofessional collaboration between child healthcare nurses, midwives, social workers, and dental assistants, was initiated. The current study aims at illuminating and evaluating the health, social, and dental professionals’ experiences of working within this program and how such collaboration could benefit the professions.

Methods

A qualitative method was chosen, and 13 interviews were carried out with professionals working within child healthcare centers that participated in an extended home-visit program in the southernmost part of Sweden. The interviews were analyzed via Burnard’s approach to content analysis.

Results

The results showed that it was satisfying for the health, social, and dental professionals to work with the home-visit program and that they encountered positive feelings among the parents receiving it. The creation of deep conversations and parents opening up about feelings that could otherwise be shameful to express, was a positive aspect of the home visits. A negative aspect was the difficulty of handling the (sometimes necessary) interpretation over the phone during the visits, and another one was the fact that the visits were time-consuming and required logistical planning. Overall, the professionals were positive about the home-visit program in that they felt that they were able to give the families what they needed and to have discussions on sensitive issues. They also appreciated the fact that different professions collaborated in order to reach the same goal. 

Conclusions

This study showed that the health, social, and dental professionals enjoyed working with the home-visit program and that they encountered positive feelings among the parents regarding the collaborative visits being conducted within the home, where the families felt safe and relaxed. Despite the extended time required and the logistical challenges involved, the professionals expressed that the home visits created a deeper collaboration amongst them. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central (BMC), 2023
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61757 (URN)10.1186/s12913-023-09791-z (DOI)001040294500003 ()37525170 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85166393044 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Region Skåne
Available from: 2023-07-31 Created: 2023-07-31 Last updated: 2023-09-18Bibliographically approved
Mangrio, E. & Hjortsjö, M. (2023). Meeting families in various social situations: Reflections from healthcare staff working with an extended home-visiting program in Sweden. Discover Health Systems, 2, 1-6, Article ID 38.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Meeting families in various social situations: Reflections from healthcare staff working with an extended home-visiting program in Sweden
2023 (English)In: Discover Health Systems, E-ISSN 2731-7501, Vol. 2, p. 1-6, article id 38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives 

Health inequalities exist among children in Sweden, and one effort that the Swedish government has focused on to promote health among small children and their parents is an extended home-visiting program during the child’s first 15 months. This study aimed to illuminate healthcare professionals’ experiences of meeting parents in different social situations during the home visits within Grow safely. 

Methods

The chosen method was qualitative, and 13 interviews were carried out with healthcare, social, and dental professionals working with the extended home-visiting program within the child healthcare in the south of Sweden. 

Results

The results revealed that the parents raised differing needs in the meetings with the healthcare professionals in the program. The needs included advice on children with special needs, support with problematic breastfeeding, and more psychosocial support. The professionals met different groups of parents, such as young parents or newly arrived migrant parents, that in different ways needed the team to reach out to them. The professionals also met families who came from better-off areas and who were not initially considered to really need the program. As the program progressed, these parents could see that diverse, unpredictable needs could be met by the intervention. For example, the program provided access to and advice from social workers, which in turn created contacts that lasted longer than the program itself.

Conclusions

The professionals encountered various family situations and needs within the extended home-visiting program. This highlights the need for a close collaboration between child healthcare nurses and social workers, in order to be able to support the families and work towards the aim of reaching equal health among all children in Sweden. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Nature, 2023
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Care science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63377 (URN)10.1007/s44250-023-00053-7 (DOI)
Funder
Region Skåne
Available from: 2023-11-02 Created: 2023-11-02 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Staaf, A., Hjortsjö, M. & Björkhagen Turesson, A. (2022). Hemlösa barns delaktighet vid ansökan om boende. Nordisk socialrättslig tidskrift (31-32), 71-100
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hemlösa barns delaktighet vid ansökan om boende
2022 (Swedish)In: Nordisk socialrättslig tidskrift, ISSN 2000-6500, no 31-32, p. 71-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

50404This article addresses the documentation and handling processes within the social services concerning applications of housing for homeless families with children, from the perspective of central articles of the Convention of the rights of the Child (UNCRC). Of particular interest is if or to what extent the children of the homeless families participate (article 12) during the application process and if an analysis of the best interest of the child (article 3) has been conducted. These two articles are essential keys for providing a children’s rights perspective and to initiate an analysis of the consequences for the involved children. For that purpose, we have analysed 270 social services files concerning applications for housing made by homeless families in Malmö during the year 2017 emanating from a R&D report of Malmö municipality. Our findings show that only very few files documented the voice and participation of the children in the homeless families and a complete analysis of what could be considered to be in the best interest of the child or children in the families were lacking in almost all files. We also found that parts of previous documentation were recycled and used in various situations without adaption and seemed to be more of standardized phrasing rather than a comprehensive analysis. There was also a use of internal authority checklists and guides when justifying and supporting the decisions made where families receiving such decisions probably did not get any wiser of such justifications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm Law Faculty's Trust Fund for Publications, 2022
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64481 (URN)10.53292/429ee528.f498e468 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-12-14 Created: 2023-12-14 Last updated: 2023-12-15Bibliographically approved
Hjortsjö, M. & Plantin, L. (2022). Unaccompanied minors and their everyday life in Kinship Care: An example from Sweden. In: Irena Dychawy Rosner; Krzysztof Sawicki (Ed.), Youth Work Reader: Issues and Contexts (pp. 102-112). Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unaccompanied minors and their everyday life in Kinship Care: An example from Sweden
2022 (English)In: Youth Work Reader: Issues and Contexts / [ed] Irena Dychawy Rosner; Krzysztof Sawicki, Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek , 2022, p. 102-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter sheds light on the everyday lives of unaccompanied minors. A lit- erature review and a questionnaire answered by the social workers in charge of unaccompanied children’s placement in kinship care constitute the empirical foundation. In addition, a small pilot study has been conducted with some unac- companied minors to get their point of view. A core question is whether these unaccompanied minors in kinship care are more vulnerable than other groups of children in Sweden? On the one hand, yes, as the conditions for placement in kin- ship care have not always been optimal. On the other hand, the results suggest that placement with relatives often are better than other placements. Minors in kinship care have ordinary better health, and kinship care is more stable than other place- ments. The interviewed minors also convey a great sense of security in the kin families as the connection with their ethnic background is so stated. Behind the general picture of kinship care, the minors’ own stories also show a large variation concerning opportunities and conditions for unaccompanied living like this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek, 2022
Keywords
unaccompanied minors, foster home placement, kinship care, everyday life expe- rience, vulnerability, social work.
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64483 (URN)978-83-8180-595-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-14 Created: 2023-12-14 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Björkhagen Turesson, A. & Hjortsjö, M. (2019). Malmöbarns vardag i hemlöshet. In: Anne Harju, Jonas Sjölander (Ed.), Anne Harju, Jonas Sjölander (Ed.), Drömmar och röster: en antologi om barns och ungas livsvillkor i Malmö (pp. 88-101). Malmö universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Malmöbarns vardag i hemlöshet
2019 (Swedish)In: Drömmar och röster: en antologi om barns och ungas livsvillkor i Malmö / [ed] Anne Harju, Jonas Sjölander, Malmö universitet, 2019, p. 88-101Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö universitet, 2019
Series
MAPIUS, ISSN 1654-6881 ; 24
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-8675 (URN)30700 (Local ID)978-91-87997-15-0 (ISBN)978-91-87997-14-3 (ISBN)30700 (Archive number)30700 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-08-30Bibliographically approved
Christensen, J., Hjortsjö, M. & Wärnsby, A. (2017). Academic writing in social work education: reflections from an international classroom (ed.). China Journal of Social Work, 10(1), 69-78
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Academic writing in social work education: reflections from an international classroom
2017 (English)In: China Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1752-5098, E-ISSN 1752-5101, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 69-78Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The affordances of processing subject knowledge through academic writing are rarely explicitly realised in social work education. In this article, we highlight the link between instructors’ efforts to facilitate students’ academic writing and students’ perceived increase of knowledge in the subject of social work in an international context. Based on instructors’ and students’ reflections collected before, during, and after a course, we aimed to answer the following questions: in what way can academic writing support students’ learning in social work? What are students’ reflections on the pedagogical model involving academic writing? The theoretical framework for the analysis was based on learning theories focusing on collaborative learning. The main conclusion is that the instructors’ awareness of how to scaffold students’ ability to write in an academic context and to develop the students’ understanding of social work in a local and global context is an important factor in student learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Academic writing, social work, higher education, internationalisation, scaffolding, collaborative learning
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-15162 (URN)10.1080/17525098.2017.1300368 (DOI)2-s2.0-85018786356 (Scopus ID)22515 (Local ID)22515 (Archive number)22515 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Projects
Barns relationer i samband med utredning om vårdnad, boende och umgänge; Malmö UniversityGrow safely - a research project within the Child Health Care in Skåne; Malmö University; Publications
Mangrio, E. & Hjortsjö, M. (2023). Meeting families in various social situations: Reflections from healthcare staff working with an extended home-visiting program in Sweden. Discover Health Systems, 2, 1-6, Article ID 38. Mangrio, E. & Norberg, J. (2023). Växa tryggt: Slutrapport från Malmö universitets forskargrupp. Malmö: Region SkåneFranzén, C., Nilsson, E.-L., Norberg, J. & Peterson, T. (2020). Trust as an analytical concept for the study of welfare programmes to reduce child health disparities: the case of a Swedish postnatal home visiting programme. Children and youth services review, 118, 1-7, Article ID 105472.
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