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Health, social, and dental professionals’ experiences of working within an extended home-visit program in the child healthcare: A qualitative interview study in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV). (Proheq)
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
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. 

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BioMed Central (BMC), 2023. Vol. 23, article id 820
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61757DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-09791-zISI: 001040294500003PubMedID: 37525170Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85166393044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-61757DiVA, id: diva2:1784896
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Region SkåneAvailable from: 2023-07-31 Created: 2023-07-31 Last updated: 2023-09-18Bibliographically approved

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