Construction of suicidal ideation in medical records
Dariusz Galasiński , Justyna Ziółkowska
AbstractIn this article, the authors are interested in exploring discursive transformation of patients’ stories of suicidal ideation into medical discourses. In other words, they focus on how the narrated experience of suicidal thoughts made during the psychiatric assessment interview is recorded in the patients’ medical record. The authors’ data come from recordings of psychiatric interviews, as well as the doctors’ notes in the medical records made after the interviews, collected in psychiatric hospitals in Poland. Assuming a constructionist view of discourse, they demonstrate that lived experience of suicide ideation resulting in stories of a complex and homogeneous group of “thoughts” is reduced to brief statements of fact of presence/existence. Exploration of the relationship between the interviews and the notes suggest a stark imposition of the medical gaze upon them. The authors end with arguments that discursive practices relegating lived experience from the focus of clinical practice deprives it of information which is meaningful and clinically significant.
|Journal series||Death Studies, ISSN 0748-1187, (A 25 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Publication indicators||: 2017 = 0.993; : 2017 = 1.16 (2) - 2017=1.472 (5)|
|Citation count*||3 (2021-02-26)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.