This article describes the development of ethnographic drama in an action research
project involving healthcare professionals in a Swedish medical ward. Ethnographic drama
is the result of collaboration between anthropology and drama. As a method, it is suited to
illuminating, addressing and studying professional relationships and organisational cultures.
It can help healthcare professionals cope with inter-professional conflicts, which have been
shown to have serious implications for individual well-being, organisational culture, quality
of care and patient safety. Ethnographic drama emerges out of participants’ own experiences
and offers them a chance to learn about the unspoken and embodied aspects of their working
situation. In the project, ethnographic drama gave participants insight into the impact that
structures might have on their actions in everyday encounters on the ward.
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