Aspects of Medical Self-Discharge

Project Questions

This pilot project will address the following research questions:

  1. How do self-dischargers, health professionals and hospital management understand and make sense of the concept of self-discharge, self-dischargers, and the self-discharge process?
  2. What ethical principles are apparent in self-dischargers', health professionals' and hospital management' discussions of self-discharge?

In order to explore these questions, key stakeholders in self-discharge i.e. self-dischargers, healthcare professionals, and hospital management, will be approached to take part in qualitative interviews. These interviews will be in-depth and semi-structured. As this is a pilot study, currently a maximum of 25 interviews are planned. All interview recordings will be transcribed by an external transcriber and a thematic analysis of the resulting transcripts will be conducted.


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