Actions speak louder than words: the embodiment of trust by healthcare professionals in gynae-oncology

Brown, Patrick R and Alaszewski, Andy and Swift, Trish and Nordin, Andy (2011) Actions speak louder than words: the embodiment of trust by healthcare professionals in gynae-oncology. Sociology of Health & Illness, 33 (2). pp. 280-295. ISSN 0141-9889. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Trust is vital for quality healthcare outcomes, yet existing research neglects the 'embodiedness' of the interactions on which trust is based. This article draws on qualitative data from semi-structured interviews on cervical cancer patients. The significance of body work in winning or, on occasions, undermining trust emerged as a key theme within the responses interpretations of professionals' verbal and non-verbal presentations-of-self were often mutually reinforcing and intrinsically linked - forming a more general locus of meaning from which assumptions of competence and care were drawn. Yet it also became apparant that, whilst verbal communication was useful in establishing the agenda of the professional in relation to that of the patient, it was body work which was crucial in corroborating and validating beliefs pertaining to the ability and willingness of the professional to deliver this agenda in the future. The multi-temporal nature of trust makes apparent how certain seemingly distinct forms of body work - as presentation-of-self versus more hands-on modes - are inherently intertwined. Trust, and the affective relationship in which it is rooted, bridges the present with the future and thus makes apparent how seemingly 'detached' forms of body work are connected to the emotion-work of the caring role and the craftwork of body work as touch.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: trust, body work, gynaecological cancer, intentionality, phenomenolgy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 10:13
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 14:36
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