Uncertainty Work: Dealing with a Psychiatric Crisis in Two European Community Mental Health Teams

Christina Gerdien Roelofke Muusse*, Cornelis L. Mulder, Hans Kroon, Jeannette Pols

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Abstract

The quest for how to deal with a crisis in a community setting, with the aim of deinstitutionalizing mental health care, and reducing hospitalization and coercion, is important. In this article, we argue that to understand how this can be done, we need to shift the attention from acute moments to daily uncertainty work conducted in community mental health teams. By drawing on an empirical ethics approach, we contrast the modes of caring of two teams in Utrecht and Trieste. Our analysis shows how temporality structures, such as watchful waiting, are important in dealing with the uncertainty of a crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-261
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Volume43
Issue number3
Early online date8 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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