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Professional caregivers' work with the dying in nursing homes - a Foucault-inspired analysis of discourses in the last decade in a Danish context.

Glasdam, Stinne LU and Nielsen, Karen Tind (2013) In Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 27(4). p.983-993
Abstract
International studies on the death of elderly nursing home residents show the complexity in the understanding of the professionals who care for the dying. The aim of this study is to explore the discourses about professional caregivers caring for those dying in Denmark in the last decade. A discourse analysis inspired by Foucault was constructed. The material consists of different source documents: research articles, newspaper articles, theses, books, websites - 35 sources in total. There are constructed six positions of speech, five discourses and three themes: (1) 'the work of the professional caregivers - a complex low-status work'; (2) 'the education of the professionals - the way to ensure a good death or possessing the right... (More)
International studies on the death of elderly nursing home residents show the complexity in the understanding of the professionals who care for the dying. The aim of this study is to explore the discourses about professional caregivers caring for those dying in Denmark in the last decade. A discourse analysis inspired by Foucault was constructed. The material consists of different source documents: research articles, newspaper articles, theses, books, websites - 35 sources in total. There are constructed six positions of speech, five discourses and three themes: (1) 'the work of the professional caregivers - a complex low-status work'; (2) 'the education of the professionals - the way to ensure a good death or possessing the right qualifications' and (3) 'the vulnerable professionals'. The study concludes that an economical/political discourse is dominating and sets up the frames within which the professionals care for dying residents, although the medical, the social/critical and the religious discourses attempt to speak against it. All positions articulate that the professional caregivers' job has a low status and that it is not possible to provide an optimal care due to lack of time, resources and education. Psychical or mental demands make the professionals vulnerable. The meaning of optimal care varies according to the positions of speech (Less)
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terminal care, nursing homes, Denmark, health professionals, discourse analysis
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Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
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27
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983 - 993
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Wiley-Blackwell
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10.1111/scs.12021
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  author       = {Glasdam, Stinne and Nielsen, Karen Tind},
  issn         = {1471-6712},
  keyword      = {terminal care,nursing homes,Denmark,health professionals,discourse analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {983--993},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences},
  title        = {Professional caregivers' work with the dying in nursing homes - a Foucault-inspired analysis of discourses in the last decade in a Danish context.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/scs.12021},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2013},
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