Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
© Nordic College of Caring Science
Edited By: Åshild Slettebø and Lennart Fredriksson
Impact Factor: 0.961
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 39/104 (Nursing (Social Science))
Online ISSN: 1471-6712
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Editor's Choice - December 2013
The aim of this Danish study was to explore the discourses which were found among professional caregivers caring for people dying in Denmark in the last decade. The chosen method was a discourse analysis inspired by Foucault. Different kinds of materials were analysed, including research articles, newspaper articles, theses, books and websites. Three themes emerged: (1) ‘the work of the professional caregivers – a complex low-status work’; (2) ‘the education of the professionals – the way to ensure a good death or possessing the right qualifications’ and (3) ‘the vulnerable professionals’. The authors conclude the study with three distinct positions: (1) the economic and political discourse is the dominating discourse framing the care; (2) in spite of this there are some social, critical and religious discourses which try to speak against these discourses; and (3) this kind of work has low status and due to lack of time, resources and education it has not been possible to provide optimal care for people dying in Denmark in the last decade. This is an interesting and thought-provoking study due its conclusion that optimal care for the dying person is difficult to achieve. It has ethical implications both for professionals and for society, which has a responsibility to promote qualified caring and dignity for the dying person.
Åshild Slettebø, Editor in Chief and Lennart Fredriksson, Associate Editor
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