The Collective Voice Legitimation Strategies in Focus Group Discussions with Nurses in Municipal Palliative Care for Older People in Sweden

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This paper explores focus group discussions of registered nurses in municipal palliative care for older people, using data collected by researchers with an interest in health sciences. The linguisti- cally based discourse analyis builds on a combi- nation of Bakhtinian notions of dialogicity, the Other and addressivity, the use of quotations, and also van Leeuwen’s framework for legitima- tion in discourse. The aim is to investigate strat- egies of addressing and legitimizing palliative care.
Three types of narrative are discerned: the cautionary tale, fictionalization of profession- al experiences and the enactment of a fictive dialogue. The other professions involved (phy- sicians, assistant nurses) are positioned as the Other as a means of legitimizing the perspec- tives of the registered nurses. As the patients and their next of kin are the objects of profes- sional activities, the notion of the Third (con- necting to the Other) is proposed. The objectifi- cation is a manifestation of commitment with routinized and professional distance to the patients.


External organisations
  • City of Malmö
  • Kristianstad University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Nursing


  • palliative care, the Other, nurses, legitimation, discourse analysis, dialogicity, addressivity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-177
JournalCommunication & Medicine. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Healthcare, Ethics and Society
VolumeVolume 11(2) (2014)
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: The Vårdal Institute (016540000), Swedish (015011001)