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HELSEVEL-H-Gode og effektive helse-, omsorgs- og velferdstjenester

Integrated Services for Patients with Dual Diagnosis

Alternative title: Integrerte tjenester for ROP-pasienter

Awarded: NOK 10.6 mill.

This project addresses one of the most difficult questions in the modern welfare state: how to organize services for people with concurrent addiction and mental health problems, also referred to as dual diagnosis, in ways that make these services more coordinated as seen by these people? Improving services for this target group is a highly prioritized aim in the service organizations and in education of health and welfare professions as well. People with dual diagnosis are characterized by long lasting and complex problems, not compatible to linear models of coordination. There is a need for flexible structures, coordination mechanisms and multi-professional approaches. Building upon the experiences from service recipients, service providers and international researchers, we intend to extend knowledge on how to improve the relevant services and design models of interprofessional teaching, adopting an organization theory approach. Scientifically sound knowledge of organizing services for this target group is a field that has been largely neglected and under-researched. The project is based upon an explicit service organization analytical model design, and will be organized with three local services (in three municipalities). The strategy of dissemination includes a teaching strategy to be tested/implemented in bachelor and master studies in addition to publishing the results in national/international journals/books. The project team includes one phd.student and researchers from the Department of Health and Welfare Studies at Østfold University College. The team collaborates with researchers from several universities in Norway, Sweden and Scotland. In the current phase, we gather data from the three municipalities by interviews and document studies. Findings that address factors that prevent and promote integrated services for people with dual diagnosis are presented at national and international conferences and seminars.

This project addresses one of the most difficult questions in the modern welfare state: how to organize services for people with concurrent addiction and mental health problems in ways that make these services more coordinated as seen by the users. Improving services for this patient group is a highly prioritized aim in the service organizations and in education of health and welfare professions as well. These users/patients are characterized by long lasting and complex problems, not compatible to linear models of coordination. There is a need for flexible structures, coordination mechanisms and multiprofessional approaches. Building upon the experiences from users, service providers and international researchers, we intend to extend knowledge on how to improve the relevant services and design models of interprofessional teaching, adopting an organization theory approach. Scientifically sound knowledge of organizing services for this patient group is a field that has been largely neglected and under-researched. The project is based upon an explicit service organization analytical model design, and will be organized with three local services (in three municipalities). The strategy of dissemination includes a teaching strategy to be tested/implemented in bachelor and master studies in addition to publishing the results in national/international journals/books. The participants behind this proposal have extensive experience as users, service providers and in research and teaching.

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HELSEVEL-H-Gode og effektive helse-, omsorgs- og velferdstjenester