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- PublicationIrish women writers of children's literature 1870-1940This paper reports on research into Irish women writers of children’s literature which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The research focuses on the period from 1870 to 1940 and uses both the Manning Collection of children’s books in UCD and the Máirín Cregan papers at the National Library of Ireland. The report focuses on the issue of creating a virtual space for the specific consideration of children’s literature written by women – a space which has been created by the project’s online exhibition collection of extracts from relevant writers and useful reference material. The issues encountered in selecting material for this collection are considered and contextual information is provided for each of the writers featured in the project (Máirín Cregan, May Crommelin, L.T. Meade, Rosa Mulholland, and Katharine Tynan). In addition to the creation of an online space, the project also aimed to stimulate debate in the more traditional space and did so by arranging two events: a workshop for children which showcased work from some of the digitised IVRLA material and related it to contemporary children’s literature, and a symposium on Irish children’s literature. This paper reports on these two very successful events and suggests directions for further research in this field.
- PublicationCare Planning Meetings: Issues for Policy, Multi-disciplinary Practice and Patient ParticipationAlthough Care-Planning Meetings (CPMs) are an increasingly common part of the practice of social work with older people and multi-disciplinary teamwork, it is uncertain how and by whom the voice and wishes of older people, including those with a cognitive impairment, are given due priority. In addition, there is little professional guidance as to how to best plan and facilitate CPMs for older patients with cognitive and communication deficits and other often complex needs. An added challenge is the wide, often diverse and conflicting range of perspectives held by health and social care professionals and other family members who may be involved. This scoping review article on CPMs for older people, considers the facilitators and barriers to effective participation as identified in the literature and proposes suggestions for best practices in CPMs which could help promote an individualised approach to participation that best reflects the older patient’s wishes.
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- PublicationMultiprofessional Views on Older Patients’ Participation in Care Planning Meetings in a Hospital ContextCare planning meetings (CPMs; sometimes referred to as family meetings) for older patients involve group decision-making between the multidisciplinary team, the older person and their family. However, service user participation is challenged by the inequity of knowledge and power between participants, together with organisational and resource pressures for timely discharge. The effective use and perhaps, potential misuse of communication strategies within CPMs is of ethical concern to all participants. Habermas' essential critique of participatory communication provides insight as to how older people's involvement can be either enabled or blocked by healthcare professionals (HCPs) depending on their use of communication strategies. Seven discipline specific mini-focus groups provided an opportunity for HCPs to reflect on the participation of patients over 65 and their families in CPMs. Findings explore HCPs' understanding of older patients involvement based on key dimensions of communicative participation, namely, mutuality, inclusiveness, patient centredness and clear outcomes. Whilst the benefits of collaborative decision-making were confirmed, legitimate concerns as to the quality of participatory practices, limited attention to group work processes and the exclusion of older patients with cognitive impairment were identified.
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