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    Narrative and deliberative instauration: The use of narrative as process and artefact in the social construction of institutions

    Fear, William J. and Azambuja, R. (2014) Narrative and deliberative instauration: The use of narrative as process and artefact in the social construction of institutions. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 3 (4), pp. 286-295. ISSN 2210-6561.

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    Abstract

    Patient Safety is a global institution in the field largely assumed to have emerged following the publication of To Err Is Human by the Institute of Medicine in 1999. In this paper we demonstrate that Patient Safety has been constructed as an institution separately in the practice of anaesthesia since 1954 and in hospitalised care since 1964. The publication of To Err was, in fact, only one of a number of later field configuring events. We use Bruner's (1991) theory of narrative to frame the institution building process which we term deliberative instauration in recognition of the historic literature on the subject. We further link the process of institution building to Vygotsky's theory of social mediation and the use of artefacts in relation to the object of intended action. We conclude that a narrative can be understood as both an artefact and a process used in the social construction of institutions by professional psychological collectives (in this case physicians).

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Institution, Artefact, Narrative, Patient Safety, Healthcare
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: William Fear
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 09:17
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 09:17
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11793

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