The centrality of the nurse‐patient relationship: a Scandinavian perspective

Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Erik Elgaard, Iben Bøgh Bahnsen, Preben U Pedersen

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This paper aims to address aspects of importance in the nurse‐patient relationship, as conceptualized within the Scandinavian healthcare context.

An experiment in Beth Israel hospital uncovered a set of core values (ontology) that were wiped away by stronger forces. Despite this, some of the ideas impacted the development of nursing thought and values in the Scandinavian countries, partly because they connected with deeper social values and also because investment was being put into explicitly identifying and understanding the core elements of nursing (ontology) and how to provide evidence that they were important (epistemology). From that beginning and through the work of key thought leaders Scandinavian nursing is ready to embark on a new phase, which could be helped by the Fundamentals of Care framework.

This discursive position paper offers insights from a public healthcare setting, influenced by values such as equal rights to equal care and/or cure. The paper presents two complementing perspectives: an ontological and an epistemological, on establishing caring relationships.

There are different pathways to follow in building person‐oriented care, however, the nursing approach s both ontologically and epistemologically grounded and based on dialogue.
TidsskriftJournal of Clinical Nursing
Udgave nummer15-16
Sider (fra-til)3197-3204
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 25 maj 2018


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