Introduction: Healthcare provision for the multimorbid elderly is complex. Care and Case Managers (CCMs) can help to coordinate and structure outpatient care for these patient groups. This approach will be realized in the project RubiN (“Continuous Care in Regional Networks”), which is funded by the Federal Joint Committee. The aim of the present qualitative study was to explore the motivation to work as a CCM. Methods: As part of the qualitative study framework, semi-structured interviews with CCMs were conducted as part of a joint kick-off event. The interviews were focused on the reasons and motivation for participating in the RubiN project. The transcribed interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Eight of 20 CCMs agreed to take part in the interviews. One of the main motivations for taking part in RubiN was to shift away from working conditions that were perceived as stressful and towards an activity that was experienced as appreciative. The CCMs felt that their professional expertise was recognized by other service providers, and that appreciation of their role increased through their active involvement in the care of geriatric patients. Conclusions: Care and Case Management as a practical application with extensive coordination services for geriatric patients may contribute to an increase in appreciation and recognition through establishing a separate area of responsibility and scope as well as working in an interdisciplinary team.
|Translated title of the contribution||“We are the patients’ advocates”: Care and case managers’ reasons to participate in a geriatric health care project – A qualitative study|
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 04.2021|
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)