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Communicating the ‘rules’ of the acute hospital ward to people living with dementia

  • 13 November 2020
  • 1pm-2pm
  • Online

About this event

A talk delivered by Dr Katie Featherstone as part of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) seminar series.

This paper examines everyday cultures of care in hospital wards and its consequences for people living with dementia and ward staff. It explores ward strategies and staff approaches to the care of this significant patient group at the bedside.

Across these wards, the rehearsal and duplication of a remarkably stable interactional performance was observed during the routines of bedside care. During these encounters ward staff focussed on reinforcing and communicating the ‘rules’ of the ward.

This paper draws on a 5 year hospital ethnography (supported by the NIHR HS&DR researcher led funding stream) within acute wards in 8 hospitals across England and Wales, to provide a detailed examination of one aspect of the world of the hospital ward, and the everyday cultures of bedside care within it.

This is drawn from the forthcoming monograph Wandering the Wards. It will explore interactional patterns of talk and work at the bedside to provide ways of uncovering aspects of the social standing and understandings of people living with dementia, and the recognition and attribution of this diagnostic category during an acute admission.

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