Quality of Care

My Masters was in anthropology, and my doctorate used an ethnographic methodology. My PhD was about care ethics and brain injury. Since then I have gone on to supervise students who have also published about ethics in care. For example, Tracy Murphy did her Masters project on how occupational therapists understand the concept of autonomy for older people with dementia (Murphy, Butler & Kidd, 2018).

In order to support this aspect of my research identity, I have been part of a writing group of anthropologists since 2014. We obtained a small research grant to do an ethnographic study of the concept of quality of care in rest homes. This has been relatively fruitful in terms of writing and we have produced two papers as part of this collaboration


Murphy, T., Butler, M., & Kidd, J., (2018) Losing Something of Value: An Exploration of Risk in Discharge Planning With Older People, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 65, No.2, Oct, 13-18

Jaye, C., Tordoff, J., Butler, M., Hale, B., McKechnie, R., Robertson, L., & Simpson, J. (2016). Quality in residential care: Exploring residents, family members, managers and staff perspectives. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 17(4), 253–262. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-03-2016-0015

Jaye, C., Hale, B., Butler, M., McKechnie, R., Robertson, L., Simpson, J., Tordoff, J., Young, J. (2015). One of us: Stories from two New Zealand rest homes. Journal of Aging Studies, 35, 135-143. doi: 10.1016/j. jaging.2015.08.010