Family response to difficult hospitalizations: the phenomenon of `working through'
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 459–466, July 1999
How to Cite
BUTTERY, J., EADES, M., FRISCH, S., GIGUÈRE, M. and MOUNTJOY, A. (1999), Family response to difficult hospitalizations: the phenomenon of `working through'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8: 459–466. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00257.x
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2001
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2001
- acute care;
- clinical nurse specialist practice;
- family caregivers;
- psychosocial aspects of illness;
- qualitative analysis
• This paper describes the process and outcomes of a project to learn about qualitative research methods.
• A small study of family participation in decision-making was conducted with 7 family members who were interviewed after an inter-unit patient transfer.
• The data analysis used strategies derived from grounded theory, family life-cycle framework and storytelling.
• The interviews indicated respondents' concerns about the patient, their efforts to balance their lives during a time of disarray and their sorting through crises in their lives (`working through').
• `Working through' discourse has identifiable features, including: linking the past, present and future; refrains; rhetorical questions; and self-talk.
• Clinicians should encourage the `working through' process by family during the hospitalization of a family member.