‘Have a nice day’: consumerism, compassion and healthcare

Sturgeon, David (2010) ‘Have a nice day’: consumerism, compassion and healthcare. British Journal of Nursing, 19 (16). pp. 1047-1051. ISSN 0966-0461

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Abstract

Plans to implement a quality measurement framework that will rate nurses according to the level of care and compassion they demonstrate have been proposed and discussed in a number of Department of Health documents. From September 2010 degree?level nursing students in Wales will receive regular feedback on their communication skills and whether they are exhibiting sufficient levels of compassion. This article examines the reasons why there have been such moves by both politicians and health professionals to demonstrate, in quantifiable terms, that they are able to measure something that is frequently contextual and subject to individual interpretation. It explores how these moves have been influenced by the disclosure of unacceptable standards of care by the Patients Association report and the enquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It also discusses how the adoption of targets to evaluate care and compassion seems to reflect a market-driven and bureaucratic approach to health care that has resulted in a system in which measurability and outcome are considered the most important indicator of quality

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2022 05:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84613
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2010.19.16.78198

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