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Meeting the Challenges for the health and elderly care: Problematizing Vulnerability in Care Encounters.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Välfärd och Livslopp)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3870-6426
Stockholm University, Department of Swedish Language.
University West in Trollhättan, Nursing, Health and Culture, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health Sciences, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: Symphosium: Meeting the Challenges for the health and elderly care: Problematizing Vulnerability in Care Encounters., Equinox Publishing Ltd. , 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research statement/question: The main concern in this panel (colloquium) presentation was to show how a discourse and communication based approach in the context of the health and elderly care, provides a basis for reflecting on vulnerability. How can the patient`s and/or elderly client´s vulnerability be reflected and reduced within the context of health and elderly care?  How can professional vulnerability be understood in the light of patient involvement? In general, the panel (colloquium) analyzed the challenges of different kind of vulnerability in client encounters e.g. to be or not to treated as accountable.

Theoretical framework: From a four-dimensional, interdisciplinary perspective. Discourse Analysis, Micro-sociology, Phenomenology and Nursing, the panel (colloquium) featured five different presentations.

Methods: Different kind (video, audio and interview) of transcribed and translated data from talk encounters between care professionals and clients, have been analyzed.  Used analytical methods were qualitative method of Conversation Analysis; Meta-synthesis; activity analysis and phenomenographic analysis.

Findings: When looking for possible convergence between principles characterizing the approaches used by the authors and their findings, in this panel (colloquium) there are key-ideas which also have to do with what we would call communicative vulnerability. E.g., considering the vulnerability of older persons with dementia, the authors argue that a flexibility of practices may be a step towards implementing a client-centred approach in care plan meetings; it is also suggested that the caring aspect of professional skills in client encounter is to support hope; and that awareness of and understanding of the own professional vulnerability may gain understanding of implicit motives for decision-making.

Conclusions:Humanization of health and eldercare professionals´ work by identifying the aspect of patients´ vulnerability is dealt with in this panel (colloquium) through carefully applied research methods from areas as discourse analysis, phenomenology, phenomenographic, and micro-sociology. This panel (colloquium) attests to relevant productivity of the researcher network: Talk, Text and Tools (3T), Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Health Communication Research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Equinox Publishing Ltd. , 2014.
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Caring Sciences in Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-233432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-233432DiVA: diva2:752485
The Twelfth international conference on Communication, medicine & ethics (COMET) 26th-28th June, 2014 - Lugano, Switzerland.
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-1431
Available from: 2014-10-03 Created: 2014-10-03 Last updated: 2015-01-15

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