Using Foucault to (re)think localisation in chronic disease care: Insights for nursing practice

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Ageing populations and rising rates of chronic disease globally have shifted key elements of disease management to ideas of integrated care and self-management. The associated policies and programmes often focus on intervention and support beyond the sites of the hospital and clinic. These shifts have significantly impacted the delivery and practice of nursing for both nurses and the clients with whom they work. This article argues that Foucault's comments on space, place and heterotopia (1986) are useful in exploring these changes from a philosophical perspective, to draw out the complexity of these programmes and add texture to discussions on the ways these shifts to localisation and the dominant discourses of self-management and responsibility have reconfigured nursing practices. The theoretical discussion is augmented with illustrations from an Australian integrated health care programme.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12392
JournalNursing Philosophy
Early online date23 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Foucault
  • chronic disease
  • heterotopia
  • integrated care
  • primary health care
  • space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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