Author contributions: study design: LB, ED; data collection: LB; analysis: LB, CS, ED; manuscript preparation: LB, CS, ED.
Caring relationship in a context: Fieldwork in a medical ward
Version of Record online: 29 MAR 2007
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 100–106, April 2007
How to Cite
Berg, L., Skott, C. and Danielson, E. (2007), Caring relationship in a context: Fieldwork in a medical ward. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13: 100–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2007.00611.x
- Issue online: 29 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 29 MAR 2007
- Accepted for publication August 2006
- chronic illness;
- nurse–patient relationship;
- nursing practice;
The aim of this study was to investigate how the caring relationship is formed in a medical context. The data were collected using participant observation with field notes and analysed by an interpretive phenomenological method. The context circumstances in a medical milieu demanded exacting efficiency and risks to oppress the caring relationship, subsequently causing demands in nursing practice. Three themes of the caring relationship were identified as respect for each other and for themselves, responsibility to reach out to each other and engagement. Patients' and nurses' awareness in encounters drove the forming of a caring relationship that went beyond the individual nurse and patient. This study implicates the importance of an understanding of how context circumstances create the foundation of the caring relationship.