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The inter-personal work of dental conscious sedation: a qualitative analysis

Woolley, Stephen, Chadwick, Barbara ORCID: and Pugsley, Lesley 2017. The inter-personal work of dental conscious sedation: a qualitative analysis. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 45 (4) , pp. 330-336. 10.1111/cdoe.12295

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Aims Whilst there is a considerable body of literature examining the pharmacology of conscious sedation, the social tasks required to successfully provide conscious sedation have not been reported. This paper discusses data regarding the interpersonal work integral to effective conscious sedation provision, from a larger qualitative study exploring how patients and clinicians engage with secondary care conscious sedation provided within the UK. Method Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 conscious sedation providers and nine patients within UK-based secondary care sedation settings. Digital audio-recordings were transcribed verbatim and subsequently analysed using a constant comparative method within NVivo Data Analysis Software. Results Four main themes of interpersonal work were reported by participants: displaying care, containing emotions, demonstrating competence and maximizing the effect. Conclusion This study shows that performing conscious sedation requires more than technical delivery, and involves the projection of attributes in a literal “performance.” The importance of managing outward emotional appearance reflects previous dental research. The need to manage outward appearance, and the emotional impact this has, is of relevance to all clinicians.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0301-5661
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2017
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 12:08

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