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Patient participation in action: patients’ interactional initiatives during interdisciplinary goal-setting meetings in a rehabilitation clinic


Keel, Sara; Schoeb, Veronika (2017). Patient participation in action: patients’ interactional initiatives during interdisciplinary goal-setting meetings in a rehabilitation clinic. Text & Talk, 37(2):213-241.

Abstract

Clinical guidelines require the patient’s participation in the entire rehabilitation process, including discharge planning. However, very little is known about how this institutional requirement is actually dealt with in everyday clinical practice. Adopting a conversation analytic approach, our paper tackles the matter, looking at situations in which patients achieve interactional initiatives within interdisciplinary entry meetings (IEMs) at a rehabilitation clinic in German-speaking Switzerland. Based on audio-visual recordings of 11 IEMs, whose central aim is to formulate patients’ rehabilitation goals and to plan their discharge, the paper offers a detailed analysis of two conversational environments in which patients accomplish initiatives: incipient disagreement among the interdisciplinary team and difficulties faced by the professionals in moving towards the formulation of a goal. In both situations, the progress of the activity is at stake. Moreover, the analysis reveals the interactive and stepwise accomplishment of patients’ initiatives. Our paper argues that shedding light on how patients’ initiatives are interactively implemented makes it possible to discuss how issues of epistemic rights and entitlement to participate are locally negotiated. In the final discussion, the paper raises the question of how patients’ competence in intervening in the goal-formulation activity can be taken into account in clinical guidelines on patient participation.

Abstract

Clinical guidelines require the patient’s participation in the entire rehabilitation process, including discharge planning. However, very little is known about how this institutional requirement is actually dealt with in everyday clinical practice. Adopting a conversation analytic approach, our paper tackles the matter, looking at situations in which patients achieve interactional initiatives within interdisciplinary entry meetings (IEMs) at a rehabilitation clinic in German-speaking Switzerland. Based on audio-visual recordings of 11 IEMs, whose central aim is to formulate patients’ rehabilitation goals and to plan their discharge, the paper offers a detailed analysis of two conversational environments in which patients accomplish initiatives: incipient disagreement among the interdisciplinary team and difficulties faced by the professionals in moving towards the formulation of a goal. In both situations, the progress of the activity is at stake. Moreover, the analysis reveals the interactive and stepwise accomplishment of patients’ initiatives. Our paper argues that shedding light on how patients’ initiatives are interactively implemented makes it possible to discuss how issues of epistemic rights and entitlement to participate are locally negotiated. In the final discussion, the paper raises the question of how patients’ competence in intervening in the goal-formulation activity can be taken into account in clinical guidelines on patient participation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rehabilitation, discharge planning, patient participation, interdisciplinary meetings, conversation analysis
Language:English
Date:3 March 2017
Deposited On:30 May 2024 12:28
Last Modified:17 Jun 2024 09:18
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0165-4888
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2017-0004
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID134835
  • : Project TitleDischarge planning in rehabilitation centers: what about patient participation?
  • : FunderResearch Funds of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland, HES-SO (RéSAR)
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