The purpose of the original study: Patient-culture - a qualitative study among hospitalised patients, which is inspired by the work of Album and Isaksen, is to discover, and describe patients' experiences of informal relations and interpret the meaning of having fellow-patients during hospitalisation in a surgical department at a large teaching hospital in Denmark. A specifik focus on contrasting experiences is made in order to enhance a better understanding of patients interactions. The philosophical work of Ricoeur, and anthropological work of Mattingly guided the study. An ethnographical fieldwork is set up consisting of participant observation and interviews. Based on the qualitative analysis completed to date on a data set consisting of field notes from participant observations and informal interviews I explore patients' social interactions in their day-to-day lives on two adult surgical units at a teaching hospital. The presentation focuses on the nature of patients' social interactions; how these social interactions influence their way of understanding their own situation; differences between patients' formal and informal social interactions; and the factors that may influence social interactions at the unit level. Especially the theme waiting time will be explored in terms of dignity, vulnerability and offence. Considerations on implications for the next steps in the study - the formal interviews, will be attended.
Ikke Angivet, 2004
waiting; social interactions; hospital; patients; ethnography; nursing