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Embodied reflection in practice—‘Touching the core of caring’

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  • Albertine Ranheim RN PhD-student,

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    1. District Nurse, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
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  • Anita Kärner PhD RN,

    1. Senior Lecturer, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
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  • Maria Arman PhD RN,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Arne Wilhelm Rehnsfeldt PhD RN,

    1. Senior Lecturer, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and Professor at the University of Stord/Haugesund, Stord, Norway
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  • Carina Berterö RNT BSc MScN PhD

    1. Professor, Department of Medical Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
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Albertine Ranheim, University of Linköping, ISV, 601 74 Norrköping, Sweden. Email: tine@jdb.se

Abstract

Ranheim A, Kärner A, Arman M, Rehnsfeldt AW, Berterö C. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 241–247
Embodied reflection in practice—‘Touching the core of caring’

A study was performed with the aim of clarifying the integration of the caring act of touch with reflection on caring theory. Seven participant nurses in elderly care volunteered as ‘coresearchers’ and performed a caring act called Rhythmical Embrocation, together with reflective dialogues on caring theory. The project lasted for 6 months and at the end qualitative interviews with participants were used to evaluate the study. The findings showed an opening of awareness, embodied moments of presence and an extended ability to act creatively in caring. In this study, the movement between theory and practice was the integration of the caring act with reflection on basic caring concepts. Implications for praxis development are that implementation and reflection by teams over certain caring acts might open the door to an expanded view of one's own caring ability that in the long run will benefit the patient.

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