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The ‘regulated death’: a documentary analysis of the regulation and inspection of dying and death in English care homes for older people.

Froggatt, Katherine A. (2007) The ‘regulated death’: a documentary analysis of the regulation and inspection of dying and death in English care homes for older people. Aging and Society, 27 (2). pp. 233-247.

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    Abstract

    In England, processes of regulation and inspection have been established to ensure that older people living in long-term care settings receive quality care. This paper describes how dying and death in care homes for older people is regulated and inspected. A documentary analysis was undertaken of the standard that addresses dying and death in the 2001 Care Homes for Older People: National Minimum Standards. Present in the standard is a ‘good death’ template drawn from constructions of best practice in palliative care. The way in which this national standard is enacted in the inspection process is described using a content analysis of the inspection reports from 226 care homes for older people. These present a narrow focus on dying and death, one that emphasises the older person's wishes and the degree of adherence to policies and procedures concerned with the dying and death event. A regulated death attenuates the ‘good death’ template and reflects both the inspection process and capabilities of the residents of care homes. If the regulation and inspection process is to integrate dying with living, a broader conception and regime of inspection is required. Only then will end-of-life care be provided that meets the diverse needs of older people who live in care homes.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Aging and Society
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Aging & Society, 27 (2), pp 233-247 2007, © 2007 Cambridge University Press.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Care homes Regulation Ageing
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
    ID Code: 4652
    Deposited By: Dr Katherine Froggatt
    Deposited On: 27 Mar 2008 14:11
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:17
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4652

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