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Volunteers and Informal Caregivers' Contributions and Collaboration with Formal Caregivers in Norwegian Long-term Care
NTNU, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Gjøvik, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6940-4060
NTNU, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Gjøvik, Norway.
NTNU, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Gjøvik, Norway.
Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Bergen, Norway.
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2021 (English)In: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, ISSN 0895-9420, E-ISSN 1545-0821, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 647-672Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article illuminates and discusses the realism of policy-makers' goals to increase involvement of volunteers and informal caregivers in long-term care services in Norway. Drawing on multiple data sources, the article investigates how commonplace volunteering and informal care are in long-term care, and it explores challenges experienced in collaboration between formal caregivers and volunteers and informal caregivers. The results show that only 4.4 percent of the Norwegian population carry out unpaid, voluntary work in long-term care. Twenty percent regularly provide informal care to someone with special care needs. Knowledge/information gaps and lacking coordination are common collaboration challenges between formal caregivers and volunteers/informal caregivers. The limitations identified in the current collaboration environment should be used actively by both policy makers and the practice field to critically assess goals and strategies for involvement and improving collaboration practices.

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2021. Vol. 33, no 6, p. 647-672
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Caregivers, Nordic, Norway, Health personnel, Informal care, Intersectoral collaboration, Long-term care, Municipalities, Unpaid work, Volunteers
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Sociology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-9294DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2020.1745988ISI: 000526260000001PubMedID: 32252614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-9294DiVA, id: diva2:1623496
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The Research Council of Norway, 222312Available from: 2021-12-29 Created: 2021-12-29 Last updated: 2023-01-26Bibliographically approved

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