Publications by authors named "Mette M Aanes"

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Norwegian physiotherapy teachers' experience from working in a partnership project in Sudan - A case study approach.

Physiother Theory Pract 2021 Apr 19:1-11. Epub 2021 Apr 19.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan.

Professionals working abroad as part of a partnership program is a central act of internationalization among higher education institutions. Little research has been carried out on this topic. The goal of this study was, therefore, to explore, describe and discuss the workplace learning factors - especially cultural factors - influencing Norwegian physiotherapy teachers, working in an international partnership project at a women's university in Sudan. The study had a qualitative case-study design, intended to provide an in-depth understanding of workplace learning processes. We used a multifaceted approach which included individual interviews and document analyses. We identified individual, social and institutional factors that influenced workplace learning. Culture is decisive at all levels, and knowledge, skills and attitudes are culturally situated. The Norwegian teachers' learning was found to be dependent on both internal and external factors and the pre- and post-project periods.  This study shows that a workplace perspective on the experience of Norwegian physiotherapy teachers gives us a better understanding of the important factors, associated with such a project. Working abroad not only requires preparation on the part of the sending and host institution but also from the person working abroad (prior to, during and after the stay abroad) if workplace learning is to occur.
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April 2021

Interprofessional education as a contributor to professional and interprofessional identities.

J Interprof Care 2019 Dec 9:1-7. Epub 2019 Dec 9.

Department of health and functioning, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway.

According to the World Health Organization interprofessional education (IPE) is a necessary step in preparing a collaborative practice-ready health work force. However, the processes of developing professional identity within interprofessional education programs have not been fully explored and require a deeper understanding. Participation in interprofessional education groups may influence the development of professional identity including increased awareness of one's own profession-specific competence as well as socialization into a professional role. Interprofessional education is a dynamic social process related to students' memberships in IPE-groups. We conducted focus groups with representatives from students in seven different professional education programs involved in interprofessional education during all three years of their educational programs. We used the principles of systematic text condensation as an analytical frame. This article is a contribution toward grasping how IPE can contribute to both professional and interprofessional identity. Group collaboration in interprofessional education enabled students to identify with their profession as well as creating a safe place to gain insight into other professions' competencies. Moreover, students could obtain knowledge about being a professional participant and could enrich their professional identity, as they were involved with students from other professions. IPE-groups strengthened professional identity rather than threatened it.
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December 2019

Does loneliness mediate the stress-sleep quality relation? The Hordaland Health Study.

Int Psychogeriatr 2011 Aug 22;23(6):994-1002. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

Background: Sleep problems are common in the general population. A strong association between stress due to inadequate social relationships or loneliness and sleep problems has been found. This paper aims to investigate stress in close social relationships in relation to disrupted sleep patterns in middle-aged and older adults. In addition, in exploring the underlying processes involved in poor social interactions, loneliness is assumed to be a mediator in the stress-sleep quality relation.

Methods: Data from a community sample of 7074 Norwegian middle-aged and older adults in the Hordaland Health Study (HUSK) were used to examine the mediating role of loneliness.

Results: A significant association between interpersonal stress and both nocturnal sleep problems and daytime sleepiness was found in both age groups. This relation was mediated by loneliness (indirect path) as well as effected by a direct path (RMSEA = 0.051; CFI = 0.93). The size of the indirect effect varied with age. Nocturnal sleep problems were fully mediated by loneliness in the older group, while 74% of the total effect was mediated through loneliness in the middle-aged group. For daytime sleepiness, a partial mediation of 36% and 40% was observed for the two groups respectively.

Conclusions: The mediation effects found in this study indicate that the wider social aspects of an individual's life should be taken into account when planning interventions for improving sleep quality in the elderly.
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August 2011