Perspectives of a nurse, a social-worker and a psychiatrist, regarding patient assessment in acute inpatient psychiatry settings : a case study approach

Hamilton, B., Manias, E., Maude, P., Marjoribanks, T. and Cook, K. 2004, Perspectives of a nurse, a social-worker and a psychiatrist, regarding patient assessment in acute inpatient psychiatry settings : a case study approach, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 683-689.

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Title Perspectives of a nurse, a social-worker and a psychiatrist, regarding patient assessment in acute inpatient psychiatry settings : a case study approach
Author(s) Hamilton, B.
Manias, E.
Maude, P.
Marjoribanks, T.
Cook, K.
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 11
Issue number 6
Start page 683
End page 689
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1351-0126
1365-2850
Summary This case study explores what informs and organizes the assessment of patients, as undertaken by a nurse, a social worker and a psychiatrist in public, metropolitan, acute mental health service settings. The research data are the transcripts of in-depth interviews with three experienced practitioners, one from each of the three disciplines. The analysis draws on Foucauldian concepts: discourse as constructed through practices of discipline and the gaze. We explored examples of taken-for-granted assessment practices and their interplay with discourse. The findings suggest that participating practitioners use language in assessment in ways that support the powerful discourses of the professional disciplines. The competing discourse of management, associated with industry and economics, is evident in hospital admission processes, dictating the times and places of assessment. Professional and management discourses both effectively marginalize the perspective of another player in assessment, the patient.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025042

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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