The authors focus on the complexity of professional advice and support associated with services for elderly people; they continue the theme of the earlier chapters of dissolving public service systems which are outside professional control. The introduction of multidisciplinary assessments and packages of care is discussed in the context of interprofessional collaboration. The authors draw upon their research material on professional perceptions of their own and others’ work and practice. They examine the importance of interprofessional collaboration, and the negative and potentially destructive effects of competition and a market philosophy in health and social care for this client group.
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