Journal article

Knowledge and Power Relations in Older Patients' Communication About Medications Across Transitions of Care

Guncag Ozavci, Tracey Bucknall, Robyn Woodward-Kron, Carmel Hughes, Christine Jorm, Kathryn Joseph, Elizabeth Manias

QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Communicating about medications across transitions of care is a challenging process for older patients. In this article, we examined communication processes between older patients, family members, and health professionals about managing medications across transitions of care, focusing on older patients' experiences. A focused ethnographic design was employed across two metropolitan hospitals. Data collection methods included interviews, observations, and focus groups. Following thematic analysis, data were analyzed using Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis and Medication Communication Model. Older patients' medication knowledge and family members' advocacy challenged unequal power relat..

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