Defenders against threats or enablers of opportunities: the screening role played by gatekeepers in researching older people in care homes

Scourfield, Peter (2012) Defenders against threats or enablers of opportunities: the screening role played by gatekeepers in researching older people in care homes. The Qualitative Report. ISSN 1052-0147

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Abstract

This paper emerges from a case study of the system of statutory reviews in older people’s care homes in the UK. Informed by a review of selected literature on gaining access, this paper provides a critical account of the process of negotiating access with gatekeepers (chiefly, care home managers). The negotiations were time-consuming and largely fruitless in terms of actually gaining access to care home residents. Nevertheless, much was learned about the field, in particular, about the attitudes of those with responsibility for caring for older care home residents. The residents in care homes became “hard to reach” research subjects not necessarily because of any cognitive or communicative impairments on their part, but by the defensive attitudes adopted by gatekeepers. It concludes by suggesting that, in this case, the ambiguous shades of meaning conveyed by the concept of “screener” make it a more appropriate term to describe the role than that of “gatekeeper”.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Scourfield, P., 2012. Defenders against threats or enablers of opportunities: the screening role played by gatekeepers in researching older people in care homes. The Qualitative Report, 17(Art. 28), pp.1-17..
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 12:12
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:50
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/292888

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