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Reworking routines in primary healthcare: Adapting standarized cancer patient pathways while continuing practice
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3503-7164
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0661-8269
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1975-9060
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5203-9877
2021 (English)In: Ca-PRI Online Conference 2021: Abstracts, 2021, p. 55-55, article id L27Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim was to explore how primary healthcare centers (PHC) had adjusted working routines using Cancer Patient Pathways (CPP). CPPs are intended to shorten time to diagnosis, improve access to care and reduce inequality in cancer care. In addition to these intended changes, CPPs have unintended consequences for organizations that utilizes them. In Sweden, PHCs are particularly affected because they are the first and main entrance into healthcare and also important actors of CPP for timely diagnosis. When Sweden in 2015 introduced CPPs, there was an opportunity to explore unintended consequences of using CPPs in PHCs.

Method: Grounded Theory method was used to collect and analyze qualitative data. Six PHCs were included with a variation in size and location. Data was collected through group interviews with nurses and physicians at each PHC, for a total of 41 participants in nine interviews.

Results: Our analysis resulted in a process consisting of three distinct but connected work routines. Each routine encompassed a dimension ranging from continuing working as usual to adapting CPPs in their work. The PHCs continued working broadly with patient needs while adapting to speeding up patient flows. Additionally, the PHCs continued to be in a position of dependency on secondary care while adapting to “easier” referral of patients. Lastly, the PHCs continued to draw upon their longstanding know-how while adapting to work with alarm symptoms in new ways.

Conclusion: PHCs in our study had not been involved in planning the introduction of CPPs. Instead, as our results show, the PHCs developed their own process to manage using CPPs as a tool. The process illuminated their adeptness to deal with new tools and procedures. Our study suggests that decision-makers in healthcare could make better use of the know-how within PHCs when developing and introducing new tools such as CPPs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. p. 55-55, article id L27
Keywords [en]
Cancer Patient Pathways, Primary Healthcare, Work routines, Adapting, Unintended Consequneses
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Nursing
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Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-202367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-202367DiVA, id: diva2:1724683
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Ca-PRI Online Conference 2021, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 9-10, 2021
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-01-09Bibliographically approved

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Fjällström, PetterHajdarevic, SenadaCoe, Anna-BrittLilja, Mikael

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