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Analysing healthcare coordination using translational mobilization

Allen, Davina Ann 2018. Analysing healthcare coordination using translational mobilization. Journal of Health Organization and Management 32 (3) , pp. 358-373. 10.1108/JHOM-05-2017-0116

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce translational mobilization theory (TMT) and explore its application for healthcare quality improvement purposes. Design/methodology/approach TMT is a generic sociological theory that explains how projects of collective action are progressed in complex organizational contexts. This paper introduces TMT, outlines its ontological assumptions and core components, and explores its potential value for quality improvement using rescue trajectories as an illustrative case. Findings TMT has value for understanding coordination and collaboration in healthcare. Inviting a radical reconceptualization of healthcare organization, its potential applications include: mapping healthcare processes, understanding the role of artifacts in healthcare work, analyzing the relationship between content, context and implementation, program theory development and providing a comparative framework for supporting cross-sector learning. Originality/value Poor coordination and collaboration are well-recognized weaknesses in modern healthcare systems and represent important risks to quality and safety. While the organization and delivery of healthcare has been widely studied, and there is an extensive literature on team and inter-professional working, we lack readily accessible theoretical frameworks for analyzing collaborative work practices. TMT addresses this gap in understanding.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1477-7266
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 16 January 2018
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 15:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108873

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