Expressions of power and powerlessness in discharge planning: a case study of an older woman on her way home
2003 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, Vol. 12, no 5, 717-716 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this case study was to illuminate and describe the phenomenon of power as it appeared in a discharge planning conference. The patient was an older woman who needed long-term care as a result of stroke and heart failure. Data comprised transcriptions of a video-recorded discharge planning conference and two audio-recorded interviews focusing on the patient's experience of the discharge planning conference. The findings reveal that the content of the discharge planning conference focused on the patient's medical state and routine administrative protocols. Analysis of the participants' activities, strategies and attitudes during the conference indicate that the professional carers dominated the conversation. Analysis further reveals that the patient experienced a feeling of powerlessness and of being treated as an object. The findings are interpreted and discussed based on the concepts of 'institutional frame' and 'client's frame', derived from Agar's theory of institutional discourse.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 12, no 5, 717-716 p.
discharge planning, older women, power, powerlessness
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4677DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2003.00718.xPubMedID: 12919217OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4677DiVA: diva2:143882