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Fakultet for helse, velferd og organisasjon
Campus Fredrikstad
Camilla Anker-Hansen
½ år

HOVFEL20020 Digitalisation and interdisciplinary collaboration in health and welfare services (Vår 2023)

Emnet er tilknyttet følgende studieprogram

Compulsory course in the following programmes:

  • Bachelor in Child Welfare

  • Bachelor in Nursing

  • Bachelor in Social Educator Training

  • Bachelor in Social Work

  • Bachelor in Work and Welfare Studies

The course is open for international students within the same bachelor programmes.

The course is to be combined with one elective course out of the following;

  • HOVFEL21020 - Comparative welfare systems (5 ECTS)


  • HOVFEL22020 - Person-centred collaboration (5 ECTS)


  • HOVFEL23020 - Digital opportunities in health and welfare (5 ECTS)

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Completed courses from the first year of the bachelor programme.


4th semester (spring).

Studentens læringsutbytte etter bestått emne


The student:

  • has broad knowledge about interdisciplinary, interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration and the organisation of such work, including opportunities and challenges

  • has knowledge about different perspectives on digitalisation and coordination and organisation of health and welfare services

  • has knowledge about ways of coordinating services, and work practices, which can contribute to improving and maintaining the standard of living and quality of life for children and young people, people who misuse drugs, people who experience mental health issues and people who have experienced violence and abuse

  • has knowledge about how digitalisation of services can influence inclusion, equality and non-discrimination, in relation to gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age


The student:

  • can utilise scientific and professional knowledge to initiate and contribute to interdisciplinary, interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration

  • can identify research literature, and evaluate the use of technology and digital solutions on an individual and structural level

General competence

The student:

  • has insight into and can present risk factors and ethical issues related to digital solutions on an individual structural level

  • can communicate their own perspectives and experiences in interactions with others, and can, through collaboration with others, contribute to the development of good practices in the field


  • Digital aids and solutions at the structural level in health and welfare services.

  • Organising services cooperatively in the context of digitalisation.

  • Digitalisation and inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.

  • The following service users are emphasised:

- Children and young people

- People who misuse drugs and people who experience mental health issues

- People who have experienced violence and sexual abuse

Undervisnings- og læringsformer

Relevant learning methods: Digital methods like screencast and podcast, lectures, group activities, seminars, workshop.


Expected study effort in the course is 260 hours.


No practical training/internship in this course.

Arbeidskrav - vilkår for å avlegge eksamen

  • Participation in compulsory activities. Look into the general part of the curriculum.

Requirements must be approved before the student can complete the exam.


Digital written exam under supervision (Multiple Choice).

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • No aids allowed

  • Grading system: A-F.


Internal examinator.

Evaluering av emnet

Feedback from our students is vital in order for us to be able to offer best possible courses and study programmes. The following forms of evaluation are used for this course:

- Continuous evaluation with reference group

- Final evaluation

The results are considered in a programme council.


The reading list was last updated January 7th 2022.

Abbing, H. R. (2020). Innovative Technologies in Healthcare, Beware of the Pitfalls. European Journal of Health Law, 27(1), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718093-12271453 8p.

Bacigalupe, G. (2011). Is there a role for social technologies in collaborative healthcare? Families, Systems, & Health, 29(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022093 14p.

Beddoe, L. (2013). Health social work: Professional identity and knowledge. Qualitative Social Work, 12(1), 24-40. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325011415455 17p.

Benfer, E. A. (2015). Health Justice: A Framework (and Call to Action) for the Elimination of Health Inequity and Social Injustice. The American University Law Review, 65(2), 275-351.77p.

Beresford, P. (2019). Public Participation in Health and Social Care: Exploring the Co-production of Knowledge. Frontiers in Sociology, 3, 41. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2018.00041 12p.

Braithwaite, J., & Donaldson, L. (2016). Patient Safety and Quality (E. Ferlie, K. Montgomery, & A. Reff Pedersen, Eds.; Vol. 1). The oxford handbook of healt care management. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.16 32p.

Brall, C. Peter Schröder-Bäck, Els Maeckelberghe, Ethical aspects of digital health from a justice point of view, European Journal of Public Health, Volume 29, Issue Supplement_3, October 2019, Pages 18-22, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckz167 5p.

Davies, B. (2021). ‘Personal Health Surveillance’: The Use of mHealth in Healthcare Responsibilisation. Public Health Ethics, phab013. https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phab013 13p.

Doolin, B. (2016). Implementing E-Health (E. Ferlie, K. Montgomery, & A. Reff Pedersen, Eds.; Vol. 1). Oxford University Press. 15p. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.19 

Fewster-Thuente, L., & Velsor-Friedrich, B. (2008). Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Healthcare Professionals. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 32(1), 40-48. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAQ.0000305946.31193.61 9p.

Fitzgerald, L. (2016). Interprofessional Interactions and their Impact on Professional Boundaries. The Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.7 31p.

Franklin, C. M., Bernhardt, J. M., Lopez, R. P., Long-Middleton, E. R., & Davis, S. (2015). Interprofessional Teamwork and Collaboration Between Community Health Workers and Healthcare Teams: An Integrative Review. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology, 2, 2333392815573312. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333392815573312 9p.

Gupta, K. S., & Rokade, V. (2016). Importance of Quality in Health Care Sector: A Review. Journal of Health Management, 18(1), 84-94. 11p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0972063415625527 

Hofmann, Bjørn, Dordrecht, Ethical Challenges with Welfare Technology: A Review of the Literature. Springer Netherlands, Science and Engineering Ethics Science and Engineering Ethics, 2, 19, 2013-06, 18p.

Karam, M., Brault, I., Van Durme, T., & Macq, J. (2018). Comparing interprofessional and interorganizational collaboration in healthcare: A systematic review of the qualitative research. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 79, 70-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.11.002 14p.

Khalili, H., Orchard, C., Laschinger, H. K. S., & Farah, R. (2013). An interprofessional socialization framework for developing an interprofessional identity among health professions students. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27(6), 448-453. https://doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2013.804042 6p.

Lasser, E. C., Kim, J. M., Hatef, E., Kharrazi, H., Marsteller, J. A., & DeCamp, L. R. (2021). Social and Behavioral Variables in the Electronic Health Record: A Path Forward to Increase Data Quality and Utility. Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 96(7), 1050-1056. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000004071 7p.

Levay, C. (2016, April 1). Health Care Transparency in Organizational Perspective. The Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.12  20p

McDonald, J., Powell Davies, G., Jayasuriya, R., & Fort Harris, M. (2011a). Collaboration across private and public sector primary health care services: Benefits, costs and policy implications. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(4), 258-264. https://doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2011.566650 7p.

Melby L, Hellesø R. Introducing electronic messaging in Norwegian healthcare: unintended consequences for interprofessional collaboration. Int J Med Inform. 2014 May;83(5):343-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.02.001. Epub 2014 Feb 17. PMID: 24636700. 11p.

Mikles, S. P., Suh, H., Kientz, J. A., & Turner, A. M. (2018). The use of model constructs to design collaborative health information technologies: A case study to support child development. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 86, 167-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2018.09.003 8p.

Mizrahi, T., & Abramson, J. S. (2000). Collaboration between social workers and physicians: Perspectives on a shared case. Social Work in Health Care, 31(3), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1300/J010v31n03_01 24p.

Nakrem, S., Solbjør, M., Pettersen, I. N., & Kleiven, H. H. (2018). Care relationships at stake? Home healthcare professionals’ experiences with digital medicine dispensers - a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-2835-1 10p.

Nicholas, D. B., Jones, C., McPherson, B., Hilsen, L., Moran, J., & Mielke, K. (2019). Examining professional competencies for emerging and novice social workers in health care. Social Work in Health Care, 58(6), 596-611. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2019.1601650 16p.

Nilsen, Etty R; Dugstad, Janne; Eide, Hilde; Gullslett, Monika Knudsen; Eide, T. (2016). Exploring resistance to implementation of welfare technology in municipal healthcare services - a longitudinal case study, BMC health services research BMC health services research, 1, 16, 2016-11-15 14p.

Öberg, U., Orre, C. J., Isaksson, U., Schimmer, R., Larsson, H., & Hörnsten, Å. (2018). Swedish primary healthcare nurses’ perceptions of using digital eHealth services in support of patient self-management. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 32(2), 961-970. https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12534 10p.

Ocloo, J., & Matthews, R. (2016). From tokenism to empowerment: Progressing patient and public involvement in healthcare improvement. BMJ Quality & Safety, 25(8), 626-632. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004839 7p.

Padden, J. (2019). Documentation Burden and Cognitive Burden: How Much is Too Much Information? CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 37(2), 60-61. https://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000522 2p.

Petri, L. (2010). Concept Analysis of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Concept Analysis of Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Nursing Forum, 45(2), 73-82. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6198.2010.00167.x 10p.

Rantanen, T., Järveläinen, E., & Leppälahti, T. (2021). Prisoners as Users of Digital Health Care and Social Welfare Services: A Finnish Attitude Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5528. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115528 14p.

Reay, T., Goodrick, E., & Hinings, B. (2016). Institutionalization and Professionalization (E. Ferlie, K. Montgomery, & A. Reff Pedersen, Eds.; Vol. 1). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.1 23p.

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Spaulding, E. M., Marvel, F. A., Jacob, E., Rahman, A., Hansen, B. R., Hanyok, L. A., Martin, S. S., & Han, H.-R. (2021). Interprofessional education and collaboration among healthcare students and professionals: A systematic review and call for action. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 35(4), 612-621. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2019.1697214 10p.

Williams, A; Farhall, John; Fossey, Ellie; Thomas, Neil, BioMed Central (2019). Internet-based interventions to support recovery and self-management: A scoping review of their use by mental health service users and providers together.BMC Psychiatry, 1, 19 16p.


492 pages in total.



Optional reading list


Agboola, S. O., Bates, D. W., & Kvedar, J. C. (2016). Digital Health and Patient Safety. JAMA, 315(16), 1697-1698. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2016.2402

Forstner, J., Bossert, J., Weis, A., Litke, N., Strassner, C., Szecsenyi, J., & Wensing, M. (2021). The role of personalised professional relations across care sectors in achieving high continuity of care. BMC Family Practice, 22(1), 72. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-021-01418-8

Horevitz, E., & Manoleas, P. (2013). Professional Competencies and Training Needs of Professional Social Workers in Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care. Social Work in Health Care, 52(8), 752-787. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2013.791362

Jones, T. M., Donaldson, T., Freeman, R. E., Harrison, J. S., Leana, C. R., Mahoney, J. T., & Pearce, J. L. (2016). Management Theory and Social Welfare: Contributions and Challenges. Academy of Management Review, 41(2), 216-228. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2016.0012

Lancaster, G., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S., Kovacich, J., & Greer-Williams, N. (2015). Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration Among Physicians, Nurses, and Unlicensed Assistive Personnel: Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(3), 275-284. https://doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12130

Martin, J., Ummenhofer, W., Manser, T., & Spirig, R. (2010). Interprofessional collaboration among nurses and physicians: Making a difference in patient outcome. Swiss Medical Weekly. https://doi.org/10.4414/smw.2010.13062

McMurtry, A. (2013.). Reframing interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration through the lens of collective and sociomaterial theories of learning. Interdisciplinary studies, No. 31, pp. 75-98

Mitchell, P., Cribb, A., & Entwistle, V. (2021). Made to Measure: The Ethics of Routine Measurement for Healthcare Improvement. Health Care Analysis, 29(1), 39-58.

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Rawlinson, C., Carron, T., Cohidon, C., Arditi, C., Hong, Q. N., Pluye, P., Peytremann-Bridevaux, I., & Gilles, I. (n.d.). An Overview of Reviews on Interprofessional Collaboration in Primary Care: Barriers and Facilitators. International Journal of Integrated Care, 21(2), 32. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5589

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Williams, C. C., & Tufford, L. (2012). Professional Competencies for Promoting Recovery in Mental Illness. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 75(2), 190-201. https://doi.org/10.1521/psyc.2012.75.2.190

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