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Collaboration and Case Management in Social Services
Mari-Anne Zahl

Cooperation and coordination are politically correct terms. They can occur at either organizational or case levels. An example of a public social service cluster surrounding nineteen year old women with multiple agencies illustrates the difficulty of case coordination. The involvement of a number of workers is, in itself, neither effective nor a guarantee of quality care.

This paper is based on a research project focusing on case problem definition, cooperation, and coordination presented at Social Welfare Departments. Definitions of the terms "cooperation, coordination and collaboration" are overlapping, ambiguous, and context related. However, they are frequently used in relation to the helping professions, where they appear to be presented both as ends and means. These taken-for-granted terms are of theoretical interest to organizations, professionals, clients, and their environments.

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