The popular nurse who wrote The Unpopular Patient
Colin Parish meets mental health advocate Felicity Stockwell, who reveals the inspiration behind one of the most influential pieces of nursing research ever written
Published in 1972, The Unpopular Patient by Felicity Stockwell studied the behaviour of nurses on general hospital wards. It was controversial because it revealed that not all patients received the same level of care: rather, it highlighted the fact that the quality of care nurses gave to patients was influenced by how ‘popular’ the patients were.
Mental Health Practice. 21, 1,14-15. doi: 10.7748/mhp.21.1.14.s10