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Good and bad patients: a review of the literature and a theoretical critique.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7045186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nursing, sociological and psychological research into good and bad, popular and unpopular, and desirable and undesirable patients is reviewed. A number of themes which have been linked by researchers with the evaluation of good and bad patients are identified. These are patients' illnesses and diseases, patients' behaviour, the social backgrounds of patients, patients' attitudes and staff attitudes. It is argued that much of the literature on good and bad patients is deficient from an empirical, a methodological, an epistemological and a theoretical point of view. An alternative theoretical framework is suggested, using as its starting point an interactionist conception of the nursing role. It is suggested that patients come to be defined as good or bad not because of anything inherent in them or in their behaviour, but as a consequence of the interaction between staff and patients.
M P Kelly; D May
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  1982 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-08-14     Completed Date:  1982-08-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-56     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Attitude to Health
Nurse-Patient Relations
Patients / psychology*
Professional-Patient Relations*
Sick Role*
Socioeconomic Factors

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