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

Hamilton, B, Manias, E, Maude, P and Marjoribanks, T 2004, 'Perspectives of a nurse, 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, 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
Year 2004
Journal name Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume number 11
Issue number 6
Start page 683
End page 689
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract 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.
Subject Mental Health Nursing
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00785.x
ISSN 1351-0126
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