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Lost voices: Using a case study to illustrate narrative inquiry: Research brief

journal contribution
posted on 12.10.2021, 00:13 by Ainslie MonsonAinslie Monson, Clare HarveyClare Harvey, Adele BaldwinAdele Baldwin
Introduction: In this study, we tested the feasibility of using a narrative inquiry - three-dimensional space inquiry to elicit the experiences of an adult family member who shared her journey of care and advocacy for her husband situated in a dementia care unit. Background: The voices of family members are rarely heard in relation to their experiences about being included in or making decisions about their loved one's care. Shared decision-making has been an important patient- centred approach to nursing care since the 1990s; however, it is often not a reality in aged care facilities. Method: An interview was conducted with one adult family member using the three-dimension space that is inspired by narrative theorists to analyse the narrative. Results: Three themes were identified in the responses: communication between staff and family, staffing in the dementia care unit, and loss of voice and shared decision making. Conclusion: Results of this study indicate that narrative inquiry supports the telling of personal experiences around a problem and then using that information to raise awareness of those issues that are not always heard but which are essential for change in health care policy and practice.

History

Volume

62

Start Page

1

End Page

5

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1532-8201

ISSN

0897-1897

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

10/08/2021

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Applied Nursing Research

Article Number

151489