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Case management for people with psychiatric disabilities in rural Sweden: Experiences from the implementation of a national policy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6330-5640
Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborg universitet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 12, no 4, 495-508 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim is to analyse the implementation of a case manager-model in rural Sweden. A sample of 15 case managment team was selected. Written materials were collected and interviews on location were carried out. Results: rural case managers design their work methods themselves, wich entail several deviations from the national guidelines in this field. The case managers boards have a low capacity to direct and manage the activities of the case managers. Consequently, case managers develop into welfare entrepreneurs. One salient risk is that teams become isolated from the surrounding welfare system. In conclusion, the Swedish version of case management in rural areas is a result of local processes of adaptation and negotiations that result in services that differ from those envisaged in national policy guidelines.

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London: Routledge, 2009. Vol. 12, no 4, 495-508 p.
Keyword [en]
case management, psychiatric disabilities, policy implementation, rural areas, community mental health
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Social Sciences
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Sociology; statskunskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-29830DOI: 10.1080/13691450902930787OAI: diva2:278226
Available from: 2009-11-24 Created: 2009-11-24 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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