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ABS339 - Experiences of learning in transprofessional collaboration – Building mutual understanding and new practices in a Third Space between healthcare and the arts

3.7 Changing forms of work
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
3:50 PM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table C
The aim is to study learning resulting from transprofessional and inter-organisational collaboration. The object of the study is a transprofessional collaboration that was formed between healthcare organisations and arts organisations. The aim of this pilot intervention was to support a group of healthcare patients with anxiety by bringing together three different professionals from two different organisations. The two different kinds of organisations started their collaboration by defining the project objective. Later on, three professionals (two from a healthcare organisation and one from an arts organisation) worked side by side to bring together different tools and viewpoints, helping patients to cope with anxiety.

I examine transprofessional collaboration and learning as narrated by the professionals themselves in individual interviews. The data is analysed by applying narrative analysis (Polkinghorne, 1995). I am also interested in understanding how mutual collaboration has affected the professionals’ ways of seeing their object of work: for example, how patients with anxiety can be supported. With this study, I answer the following two research questions: How do professionals narrate transprofessional and inter-organisational collaboration? How did transprofessional collaboration affect the viewpoints and practices of the healthcare and arts professionals after the pilot intervention?

I use the notions of mediation, Third Space and learning. In this study, I am interested in understanding how professionals constructed their mutual, yet diverse knowledge basis when their experience was brought together. I am also interested in seeing whether building shared knowledge changed professional views and practices as the professionals gained common ground through their collaboration.
University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy, Arts Equal
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