Introduction: Understanding the social networks of professionals in psychiatric hospitals
and communities working with Persons With Alzheimer’s (PWA) disease helps tackle the knowledge
management in patient care and the centrality of team members in providing information and advice to
Objectives: To use Social Network Analysis (SNA) to confirm or reject the hypothesis that psychiatric
professionals have equal status in sharing information and advice on the care of PWA and have reciprocal
ties in a social network.
Methods: The sample consisting of 50 psychiatric professionals working in geriatric psychiatry in the
UK completed an anonymous online survey asking them to select the professional categories of the
colleagues in the interprofessional team who are most frequently approached when providing or receiving
advice about patient care and gathering patient information. SNA is both a descriptive qualitative
analysis and a quantitative method that investigates the degree of the prestige of professionals in their
working network, the reciprocity of their ties with other team members, and knowledge management.
Results: The social network graphs and numerical outcomes showed that interprofessional teams in
geriatric psychiatry have health carers who play central roles in providing the whole team with the
knowledge necessary for patient care; these are primarily senior professionals in nursing and medical
roles. However, the study reported that only 13% of professionals had reciprocal ties with knowledge
sharing within teams.
Conclusion: The current research findings show that knowledge management in interprofessional
teams caring for PWA is not evenly distributed. Those with apparently higher seniority and experience
are more frequently consulted; however, other more peripheral figures can be equally valuable in integrated