Telling accounts of wound infections: Avoidance, anomaly and ambiguity

Gardner, Glenn E. & Cook, Robert A. (2004) Telling accounts of wound infections: Avoidance, anomaly and ambiguity. Health : an interdisciplinary journal for the study of health, illness and medicine, 8(2), pp. 183-197.

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Drawing from an interpretive study this paper reports on an investigation into the way that patients receive information about having a surgical wound infection. The study findings indicated that patients often struggle to gain this information and health professionals use a range of strategies to avoid rather than engage the patient in discussions about their infection. A sociological analysis of this avoidance draws upon the literature pertaining to issues of power/knowledge, shame, and reluctance to engage in potentially distressing interactions. The findings also indicate that considerations of the success of surgery can relate more to the technical aspects of the operation rather than the patient health outcomes. This study demonstrates the clinical relevance of interpretive research and shows how this approach can produce knowledge to inform health service and patient care practices.

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ID Code: 3821
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: health care associated infection, surgical site infection, multi-resistant infection, power/knowledge, shame
DOI: 10.1177/1363459304041069
ISSN: 1461-7196
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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