Knowledge mobilisation: an ethnographic study of the influence of lay mindlines on eczema self-management in primary care in the UK

Cowdell, Fiona (2018) Knowledge mobilisation: an ethnographic study of the influence of lay mindlines on eczema self-management in primary care in the UK. BMJ Open, 8 (8). e021498. ISSN 2044-6055

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Abstract

Objective To investigate the way in which mindlines, ‘collectively reinforced, internalised tacit guidelines’, are constructed among lay people with eczema in primary care.

Design Ethnographic study.

Setting Observation in one general practice in the UK and interviews across central England.

Participants In observation, patients in the participating general practice regardless of presenting complaint and in interviews, people with eczema or parents of children with eczema (n=16).

Results Observation of over 250 hours and interview data were combined and analysed using an ethnographic approach through the lenses of mindlines and self-management. Four themes were identified: doctor knows best; not worth bothering the doctor; I need to manage this myself; and how I know what to do. Themes were set within the context of four broad typologies of lay people’s approach to self-management: content to self-manage; content to accept practitioner management; self-managing by default; and those referred to secondary care.

Conclusions This study is the first to examine how lay eczema mindlines are developed and to recognise typologies of people with different need for, and receptiveness to, information. Lay eczema mindlines are constructed in many ways. The outstanding challenge is to find strategies to revise or modify these mindlines by adding reliable and useful knowledge and by erasing outdated or inaccurate information.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021498
Date: 29 August 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mindlines, eczema, primary care, consultations, self-management
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Fiona Cowdell
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 07:45
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 12:38
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7538

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