Wandering the wards: an ethnography of hospital care and its consequences for people living with dementia

Featherstone, Katie and Northcott, Andy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3030-9861 (2020) Wandering the wards: an ethnography of hospital care and its consequences for people living with dementia. Routledge Studies in Health and Medical Anthropology. Taylor and Francis, Routledge, UK. ISBN 9781003087335

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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.

Item Type: Book
Identifier: doi10.4324/9781003087335
Additional Information: © 2021 Katie Featherstone and Andy Northcott This research is publicly funded and has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) funding programme. They have funded Katie as Principal Investigator, and Andy as co-applicant and researcher across two projects since 2015, and continue to fund and support their research. The work presented in this book is drawn largely from their experiences during their first ethnography, exploring ‘The management of refusal of food, drink and medications by people with dementia admitted to hospital with an acute condition’ (NIHR HS&DR project number 13/10/80) but also draws on elements of their second ethnography ‘Understanding how to facilitate continence for people living with dementia in acute hospital settings: raising awareness and improving care’ (NIHR HS&DR project number 15/136/67).
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Andy Northcott
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 16:43
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 16:46
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8338


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