Communication, relationships and care: A Reader

Barrett, Sheila; Komaromy, Carol; Robb, Martin and Rogers, Anita eds. (2003). Communication, relationships and care: A Reader. London: Routledge.

URL: http://www.routledge.com/9780415326605

Abstract

Communication and relationships have become an increasing focus of attention in debates about the future of health and social care. People working in care services are being encouraged to improve communication processes, to develop more participatory relationships with service users, and to work more closely in partnership with other professionals.

This Reader provides a comprehensive collection of literature that aims to enable those involved in care services, as workers, carers or service users, to reflect on their everyday interactions and to situate them in wider contexts. Including new material from the frontline of research and practice, as well as some classic readings, this wide-ranging volume emphasises the need to see interpersonal communication as embedded in relationships, and to take account of issues of power and diversity, as well as the emotional dimension of care work. Covering both health and social care, the Reader is divided into four sections, focusing on:

* concepts and contexts
* analysing aspects of communication
* the person in the process
* communication and relationships in organisations.

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