Gritt Overbeck – University of Copenhagen

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Gritt Overbeck

Ph.D. student, MA - language psychology

The Research Unit for General Practice
Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5
P.O. Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen

Telephone: +45 353-37520

Ongoing research

From march 1st, 2014 enrolled as a PhD student with the project:

Implementation of collaborative care for patients with anxiety and depression

Most patients (more than 90%) treated for anxiety or depression, are treated in general practice. Studies from other countries have shown that collaborative care (cc), meaning a treatment that bridges general practice and psychiatry for patients with anxiety and depression, has a positive outcome. In 2014, a danish model of cc ('Collabri') is introduced for anxiety and depression. Care managers (typically psychiatric nurses) will participate in the treatment in general practice. The intervention will include about 80 general practices and 3.300 patients in the The Capital Region and The Region of Northern Jutland, and the effect of the intervention in a danish context will be examined in a randomised study. At the same time, however, there is a need for a qualitative study of how the intervention is implemented and which challenges arise in the process.

In the PhD project, I study the conditions, processes and organisational consequenses of the cc programme implementation. The project focuses mainly on the meeting between the cc programme and general practice; how the different assumptions and mechanisms of the cc programme relates to existing understandings, technologies, roles and working routines in general practice.

It is a qualitative study, and the theoretical frame is the Normalization Process Theory, a tool designed to explain, how new interventions (e.g. the cc model) is embedded in a general working practice and how it becomes a part of everyday practice.