Clustering and inertia: structural integration of home care in Swedish elderly care
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Integrated Care, ISSN 1568-4156, Vol. 7, e32- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PurposeTo study the design and distribution of different organizational solutions regarding the responsibility for and provision of home care for elderly in Swedish municipalities.MethodDirectors of the social welfare services in all Swedish municipalities received a questionnaire about old-age care organization, especially home care services and related activities. Rate of response was 73% (211/289).ResultsThree different organizational models of home care were identified. The models represented different degrees of integration of home care, i.e. health and social aspects of home care were to varying degrees integrated in the same organization. The county councils (i.e. large sub-national political-administrative units) tended to contain clusters of municipalities (smaller sub-national units) with the same organizational characteristics. Thus, municipalities' home care organization followed a county council pattern. In spite of a general tendency for Swedish municipalities to reorganize their activities, only 1% of them had changed their home care services organization in relation to the county council since the reform.ConclusionThe decentralist intention of the reform—to give actors at the sub-national levels freedom to integrate home care according to varying local circumstances—has resulted in a sub-national inter-organizational network structure at the county council, rather than municipal, level, which is highly inert and difficult to change.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 7, e32- p.
care for the elderly, deinstitutionalisation, decentralisation, integrated care, policy
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Health Care Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15793PubMedID: 17925837OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15793DiVA: diva2:43564