Journal Article

Inter-agency Information Sharing in Health and Social Care Services: The Role of Professional Culture

Sue Richardson and Sheena Asthana

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 4, pages 657-669
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch257
Inter-agency Information Sharing in Health and Social Care Services: The Role of Professional Culture

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This article uses a literature review to examine the ways in which professional culture might shape inter-organizational exchange of personal information in a health and social care context. The aim is to explore a simplified model of possible information-sharing behaviours (‘ideal’, ‘over-open’, ‘over-cautious’ and ‘chaotic’) and to suggest that patterns of information sharing may be influenced by a number of factors. It is proposed that these factors include not only inter-professional differences in the approach taken to information sharing but also the ways in which the professions interrelate.

Keywords: Information sharing; inter-professionality; health and social care; confidentiality

Journal Article.  5605 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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