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Medmakt eller motmakt? Brukarrepresentanters syn på inflytande och påverkan genom brukarråd

Udéhn, Stina LU and Johansson, Linn LU (2009) SOPA63 20092
School of Social Work
Abstract
Today user involvement is seen as an important part of social work. One popular form or method of user involvement is called user council, or brukarråd in Swedish. With the user council method, representatives from different user organizations meet together on a regular basis with professionals and/or politicians in order to influence decision-making concerning general issues pertaining to users and their organizations.
The purpose of our study is to look at how the user council method works. By conducting qualitative interviews with user representatives in a specific user council within psychiatric care, and employing a theory within the framework of power; cooptation and/or counter power, we also aim to understand the user... (More)
Today user involvement is seen as an important part of social work. One popular form or method of user involvement is called user council, or brukarråd in Swedish. With the user council method, representatives from different user organizations meet together on a regular basis with professionals and/or politicians in order to influence decision-making concerning general issues pertaining to users and their organizations.
The purpose of our study is to look at how the user council method works. By conducting qualitative interviews with user representatives in a specific user council within psychiatric care, and employing a theory within the framework of power; cooptation and/or counter power, we also aim to understand the user representatives’ views on possibilities and obstacles of their involvement and influence. The main possibilities identified with the user council include having direct contact with policymakers and the level of cooperation between different user organizations. The main obstacles identified with the user council are that even though decisions are made they are not always implemented, that the user organizations have limited economic resources and that they have difficulty recruiting members and representatives for the user council. We also found that the majority of user representatives found it difficult to represent a target group. Further, a vast majority of user representatives found that influence is most effectively carried out either solely by their own organization, for example through media, or by a combination of their own organization and the user council.
To sum up, we can identify opportunities for users to influence psychiatric care through the user council method, but we can also see challenges to making user councils function in reality. (Less)
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Udéhn, Stina LU and Johansson, Linn LU
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organization
alternative title
Joined power or counter power – user representatives’ views on their involvement and influence through user councils
course
SOPA63 20092
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
brukarinflytande, counter power, social work, cooptation, psychiatric care, user council, psykiatri, user involvement, kooptering, socialt arbete, brukarråd, motmakt
language
Swedish
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1567068
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2010-03-16 15:09:32
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2010-03-16 15:09:32
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  abstract     = {Today user involvement is seen as an important part of social work. One popular form or method of user involvement is called user council, or brukarråd in Swedish. With the user council method, representatives from different user organizations meet together on a regular basis with professionals and/or politicians in order to influence decision-making concerning general issues pertaining to users and their organizations.
      The purpose of our study is to look at how the user council method works. By conducting qualitative interviews with user representatives in a specific user council within psychiatric care, and employing a theory within the framework of power; cooptation and/or counter power, we also aim to understand the user representatives’ views on possibilities and obstacles of their involvement and influence. The main possibilities identified with the user council include having direct contact with policymakers and the level of cooperation between different user organizations. The main obstacles identified with the user council are that even though decisions are made they are not always implemented, that the user organizations have limited economic resources and that they have difficulty recruiting members and representatives for the user council. We also found that the majority of user representatives found it difficult to represent a target group. Further, a vast majority of user representatives found that influence is most effectively carried out either solely by their own organization, for example through media, or by a combination of their own organization and the user council.
      To sum up, we can identify opportunities for users to influence psychiatric care through the user council method, but we can also see challenges to making user councils function in reality.},
  author       = {Udéhn, Stina and Johansson, Linn},
  keyword      = {brukarinflytande,counter power,social work,cooptation,psychiatric care,user council,psykiatri,user involvement,kooptering,socialt arbete,brukarråd,motmakt
},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Medmakt eller motmakt? Brukarrepresentanters syn på inflytande och påverkan genom brukarråd},
  year         = {2009},
}