Researchers in the U.K. examine how “insight” into schizophrenia is represented in psychiatrists’ accounts, finding “three dimensions of insight into schizophrenia in the data we collected: a sense of illness, criticism, and readiness to receive treatment. We argue that they are embodiments of the dominant medical perspective in the relations between patients and physicians. Whereas in the former two it is possessing and accepting psychiatric knowledge which constitutes having insight, in the latter it is unquestioning acceptance and trust in whatever treatment the doctor deems fit to administer.”
Galasiński, D., Opaliński, K., “Psychiatrists’ Accounts of Insight,” Qualitative Health Research, online June 28, 2012
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