Interprofessional Collaboration Implementation at Community Health Center in Surakarta


Eti Poncorini Pamungkasari1), Sri Anggarini Parwatiningsih2)

 

1)Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret

2)Midwifery Study Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Interprofessional collaboration is an important factor of health care. An effective interprofessional collaboration will increase the quality of care and decrease medical error. However, few studies have investigated interprofessional collaboration implementation at the community health center. This study aimed to explore community health center staff perception and collaboration implementation at the community health center setting.

Subjects and Method: A qualitative study using phenomenology approach was conducted in Surakarta on July 2019. A total 28 of staffs from Kratonan and Banyuanyar community health centers were selected as informants. They were divided into 4 groups. The data were collected by a focus group discussion. Data validity were ensured using member checking. The data were analyzed by thematic analysis.

Results: This study identified three areas of concern regarding collaboration: (1) collaboration definition, (2) collaboration strategy, and (3) collaboration challenge. Different perceptions were found among community health center staff. Collaboration and leadership is an important factor in determining the form or strategy of collaboration. Collaboration can be implemented in individual and community health care. Lack of human resources and multiple tasks form barrier to collaboration.

Conclusion: Interprofessional collaboration can be implemented at the community health center for individual and community health care. There is a need for improvement in the collaboration.

Keywords: community health center, interprofessional collaboration, staff

Correspondence: Eti Poncorini Pamungkasari. Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: etiponco@staff.uns.ac.id. Mobile: 08122586085.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the6thicph.04.81

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