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Title: An application of Habermas' work on communication and discourse ethics to advocacy
Author: Hirskyj, P. M.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2004
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The aim in this thesis is to form a link between Habermas’ work on discourse to that of writers on advocacy. There has been a demonstrable need for advocacy in differing societies and this is apparent when one considers the developments that have occurred, for example, concerning the treatment and care of patients and clients in the British Health and Social Services. In this thesis, instances of client and patient care that are less than satisfactory are described and illustrated, as in the Pink case.  These demonstrate an identified need for patient and client support. Also, it is acknowledged that the act of becoming a nursing advocate may involve the exposure of the nurse to personal risk. The thesis considers the views of two British and three United States writers on advocacy. I have come to the conclusion that the USA based perspective, as offered by Sally Gadow (1983), can be considered the most convincing. Gadow has been able to form a philosophical basis for advocacy that can be applied globally. This is founded on the premise that a patient ought to be the person making decisions concerning his or her treatment and care. Gadow takes the view that the role of the nurse advocate ought to involve that of supporting patients, while at the same time offering respect with regard to their wishes. A description of Habermas’ (1995) work on communication and discourse ethics, his framework for an evaluation of competing norms and communication with reference to relevant theory is offered. A link is made between Habermas’ work and that of advocacy theorists as Gadow and to my knowledge, this is the first time that such a link has been made.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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