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Konsten att flexa med tiden – en kvalitativ undersökning av handlingsutrymme, kontroll och hälsa inom hemvårdsarbetet

Albin, Lina LU (2011) SOPA63 20102
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine a few home care workers’ conception of their discretion connected to work-related health within the home care service. The study was based on semi-structured interviews with three home care workers from different areas of a common district in the south part of Sweden. The analyzed result was based on theories about control and research on health. Theoretical concepts were external and internal control, subjective verses objective discretion, and meta-control verses control within a situation.
Results show experiences of external control through a shared responsibility both for the emotional relationship with the caretakers and the distribution of the work. Internally there is a common sense... (More)
The purpose of this study was to examine a few home care workers’ conception of their discretion connected to work-related health within the home care service. The study was based on semi-structured interviews with three home care workers from different areas of a common district in the south part of Sweden. The analyzed result was based on theories about control and research on health. Theoretical concepts were external and internal control, subjective verses objective discretion, and meta-control verses control within a situation.
Results show experiences of external control through a shared responsibility both for the emotional relationship with the caretakers and the distribution of the work. Internally there is a common sense of personal responsibility expressed by the interviewed caregivers. However, there can be a risk of worse care since less motivated caregivers take this responsibility at one’s own discretion. Other experiences of contributing limitations or possibilities for the home care workers are absent supervisors, controlling street-level bureaucrats and computerized work distribution. Results also show that flexibility and efficiency are very controlling factors of the home care workers’ discretion. Based on health research, flexibility and efficiency can be looked upon as important causes of long term absence due to illness. (Less)
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Albin, Lina LU
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SOPA63 20102
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
kontroll, hemvårdsarbetare, handlingsutrymme, control, discretion, home care workers
language
Swedish
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1857189
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2011-03-28 10:29:31
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study was to examine a few home care workers’ conception of their discretion connected to work-related health within the home care service. The study was based on semi-structured interviews with three home care workers from different areas of a common district in the south part of Sweden. The analyzed result was based on theories about control and research on health. Theoretical concepts were external and internal control, subjective verses objective discretion, and meta-control verses control within a situation.  
     Results show experiences of external control through a shared responsibility both for the emotional relationship with the caretakers and the distribution of the work. Internally there is a common sense of personal responsibility expressed by the interviewed caregivers.  However, there can be a risk of worse care since less motivated caregivers take this responsibility at one’s own discretion.  Other experiences of contributing limitations or possibilities for the home care workers are absent supervisors, controlling street-level bureaucrats and computerized work distribution. Results also show that flexibility and efficiency are very controlling factors of the home care workers’ discretion.  Based on health research, flexibility and efficiency can be looked upon as important causes of long term absence due to illness.},
  author       = {Albin, Lina},
  keyword      = {kontroll,hemvårdsarbetare,handlingsutrymme,control,discretion,home care workers},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Konsten att flexa med tiden – en kvalitativ undersökning av handlingsutrymme, kontroll och hälsa inom hemvårdsarbetet},
  year         = {2011},
}