Journal article

Nurses and doctors communicating through medication order charts in critical care.

E Manias, A Street

Australian Critical Care | Published : 2001

Abstract

The structure and content of written forms of communication dynamically interact with the social and historical conditions underlying critical care nursing activities. One important form of documentation regularly used in the critical care area is the medication order chart. This paper considers the ways in which medication order charts are used to structure interactions among nurses and between nurses and doctors. The critical ethnographic study upon which this paper is based involved a research group of six nurses who worked in one critical care unit. Data collection methods involved professional journalling, participant observation and individual and focus group interviews. Data analysis ..

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