Critical discourse analysis: understanding change in maternity services.

  title={Critical discourse analysis: understanding change in maternity services.},
  author={Meredith J McIntyre and Karen Francis and Ysanne B Chapman},
  journal={International journal of nursing practice},
  volume={18 1},
This paper provides an example of the use of critical discourse analysis (CDA) in the area of maternity care policy and describes the process of CDA as an effective research method for understanding the influences of change in the context of Australian maternity services. CDA is a methodological approach that examines how discourse is formed and given power, as a result of how power is used, who uses it and the context within which this usage takes place. The application of CDA is described in… CONTINUE READING