Inter-agency information sharing in health and social care services: The role of professional culture

Sue Richardson, Sheena Asthana

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This article uses a literature review to examine the ways in which professional culture might shape inter-organizational exchange of personal information in a health and social care context. The aim is to explore a simplified model of possible information-sharing behaviours ('ideal', 'over-open', 'over-cautious' and 'chaotic') and to suggest that patterns of information sharing may be influenced by a number of factors. It is proposed that these factors include not only inter-professional differences in the approach taken to information sharing but also the ways in which the professions interrelate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-669
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
Early online date1 Aug 2005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


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