Boundary work in task-shifting practices – A qualitative study of reablement teams
Objective - The aim of this study was to explore how the division of tasks, responsibilities, and roles in reablement practices can appear as boundary work between physiotherapists (PTs) and home trainers (HTs)
Methods - The study drew on data from fieldwork with seven Norwegian reablement teams, including observations and individual interviews with PTs and HTs. We conducted thematic analysis informed by a theoretical framework on professional boundaries
Results - We identified two different practices, which we labeled as: i) “The engine and the assistant” and ii) “The symbiotic team.” We drew on these practices and theory of boundary making and boundary blurring to interpret the results
Conclusion - The findings indicate that boundary-making processes may generate asymmetric power relations that may constrain autonomous work and job satisfaction in teams, whereas boundary-blurring processes may promote collaborative practices that enhance holistic approaches and mutual learning on reablement teams.