Frying eggs or making a treatment plan? Frictions between different modes of caring in a community mental health team

Christien Muusse*, Hans Kroon, Cornelis L. Mulder, Jeannette Pols

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Abstract

In this article, we conduct an empirical ethics approach to unravel the different perspectives on good care that are present in a community mental health team (CMHT) in Utrecht. With the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care, the importance of a close collaboration between the social and medical domains of care on the level of the local community is put in the foreground. Next to organisational thresholds or incentives, this collaboration is shaped by different notions of what good mental health care should entail. Using the concept of modes of ordering care (Moser 2005), we describe five modes of ordering mental health care that are present in the practice of the CMHT: the medical specialist, the juridical, the community, the relational and the bureaucratic perspective. These different modes of ordering care lead to frictions and misunderstandings, but are mutually enhancing at other times. Unravelling these different modes of ordering care can facilitate collaboration between professionals of different care domains and support a mutual understanding of what needs to be done. More so, the analysis foregrounds that ordering care from a relational approach is important in daily practice, but is in need of stronger legitimation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1581-1597
JournalSociology of Health & Illness
Volume43
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • CARE
  • ETHICS
  • PSYCHIATRY
  • SELF
  • WORK
  • community mental health care
  • continuity of care
  • deinstitutionalisation
  • modes of ordering

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