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An outside perspective on the lifeworld of ICU


Turnbull, E and Flabouris, A and Iedema, R, An outside perspective on the lifeworld of ICU, Australian Critical Care, 18, (2) pp. 71-75. ISSN 1036-7314 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S1036-7314(05)80005-0


This paper has been reconstructed from the field notes of the principal author on this paper. Selected sections may enable those for whom intensive care encompasses a taken-as-given world, to share with an outsider some thoughts on its everyday workings, common assumptions, and remarkable characteristics. The orientation of the paper is ethnographic as well as 'phenomenological'; that is, the descriptions are informed as much by the ethnographer's private sentiments as by what is objectively 'there'. This creates a quite 'personal' narrative. The description centralises ethnography as much as that which is commented on. The sentiments expressed may be of interest, we believe, because they are likely to reflect those experienced by patients and their families upon entering the intensive care unit for the first time.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:96644
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-14
Last Modified:2014-11-14

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