The Moral Evaluation of Emergency Department Patients The Moral Evaluation of Emergency Department Patients
Anthropology of Well-Being: Individual, Community, Society

The Moral Evaluation of Emergency Department Patients

An Ethnography of Triage Work in Romania

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Publisher Description

In The Moral Evaluation of Emergency Department Patients: An Ethnography of Triage Work in Romania, Marius Wamsiedel examines the social categorization of patients and its consequences at two emergency departments in Romania. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, this work argues that moral evaluation is an attempt on the part of triage nurses and clerks to keep the emergency service afloat in the context of high-care demand, insufficient resources, and uneven access to primary care. At the same time, Wamsiedel argues that moral evaluation is an effort to align the provision of emergency services with socially dominant values, norms, and representations. As such, the moral evaluation of patients becomes a Procrustean bed that reduces some inequities in access to health care while generating or amplifying others. By adopting an interactionist lens, Wamsiedel unravels the underlying social logic of moral evaluation, the criteria and assumptions that inform it, and attempts by triage workers and patient to negotiate access to emergency care. The Moral Evaluation of Emergency Department Patients offers new ways of understanding the work of street-level bureaucracies and informal barriers to care.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2023
March 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
198
Pages
PUBLISHER
Lexington Books
SELLER
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
SIZE
1.7
MB

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