Sciences sociales et santé


Intervening in another professional territory in hospital. Mobile teams dealing with sedentary services Volume 38, issue 4, Décembre 2020

* Sociologue, Univ. Lille, ULR 3589 - CeRIES - Centre de recherche « Individus Épreuves Sociétés », Lille, France
** Sociologue, Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 8019 - CLERSE - Centre Lillois d’Études et de Recherches Sociologiques et Économiques, Lille, France

The experience of intra-hospital geriatrics and palliative care mobile teams is an opportunity to examine the conditions of possibility for an organization promoting collaboration between professions, services, and disciplines. Mobile teams, investigated using qualitative methods (semi-structured interviews and observations), present advantages in this respect: they attract volunteers with strong ethical convictions that complement each other. Nevertheless, they come up against a hospital organization based on specialized medicine preoccupied by its prerogatives and borders, in particular in teaching hospitals (CHUs). Mobile teams have difficulty being accepted and endure professional dissatisfaction, even moral exhaustion, in particular among practitioners. To gain acceptance, they invent diplomatic ways that mix self-restraint, bargaining, fighting against ageism, and the activation of personal networks.