1st Edition

Wandering the Wards
An Ethnography of Hospital Care and its Consequences for People Living with Dementia

ISBN 9781350078451
Published November 17, 2020 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

Wandering the Wards provides a detailed and unflinching ethnographic examination of life within the contemporary hospital. It reveals the institutional and ward cultures that inform the organisation and delivery of everyday care for one of the largest populations within them: people living with dementia who require urgent unscheduled hospital care.

Drawing on five years of research embedded in acute wards in the UK, the authors follow people living with dementia through their admission, shadowing hospital staff as they interact with them during and across shifts. In a major contribution to the tradition of hospital ethnography, this book provides a valuable analysis of the organisation and delivery of routine care and everyday interactions at the bedside, which reveal the powerful continuities and durability of ward cultures of care and their impacts on people living with dementia.

Table of Contents

1. Ward cultures of care;  2. Ward life;  3. Visibilities and invisibilities; 4. Recognition and attribution of dementia at the bedside;  5. Tightening of the timetables and the organisation of bedside care;  6. Bedside talk and communicating the "rules" of the ward;  7. Organisational cultures of containment, restriction and restraint;  8. Wandering the wards

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Katie Featherstone is a Reader in Sociology and Medicine at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, UK.

Andy Northcott is a Senior Lecturer at the Leicester School of Allied Health Sciences at De Montfort University, UK.

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