The human dimension of nosocomial wound infection : a study in liminality

Gardner, Glenn E. (1998) The human dimension of nosocomial wound infection : a study in liminality. Nursing Inquiry, 5(4), pp. 212-219.

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Nosocomial wound infection is a disease that has to date been primarily understood through the language of science and biomedicine. This paper reports on findings from a sociological, interpretive study that focused on the experiential dimension of this phenomenon. The illness experience of a nosocomial wound infection is examined within a cultural milieu that values the smooth, untroubled body and alternatively ascribes cultural meaning to a body that has a definable illness. Within this context the person with a chronic wound from nosocomial infection defies normative categorisation and is thus situated outside the patterning of society. The human dimension of nosocomial wound infection includes the private, existential and embodied aspects of living with a chronic, infected wound. This report indicates that the experiential dimension is characterised by an embodied state of liminality. People with this illness live an indeterminate existence that is in-between health and illness, cure and disease. As such they have no recognised place in the medical or social world.

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ID Code: 56480
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: culture, embodiment, liminality, nosocomial wound infection, stigma
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1800.1998.00240.x
ISSN: 1320-7881
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 01:22
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2013 01:23

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