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The Nordic Tradition of Caring Science: The Works of Three Theorists
Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Malardalens University, Sweden.
Forens Psychiat Regional Clin, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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2015 (English)In: Nursing Science Quarterly, ISSN 0894-3184, E-ISSN 1552-7409, Vol. 28, no 4, 288-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Nordic tradition of caring science has had a significant influence on healthcare research, healthcare education and clinical development in the Nordic countries from 1990 to the present. Theoretical contributions from the professors and scientists Katie Eriksson, Kari Martinsen and Karin Dahlberg form the basis for this paper. The tradition has established a paradigm of ethics, ontology and epistemology for the caring science domain. Short introductions present the scientific background of Eriksson, Martinsen, and Dahlberg, and show how interpretive teamwork has led to the formation of an intertwining of the essential qualities of the theories. The synthesis emphasizes caring science as a human science, and views caring as a natural phenomenon where the patients world, vulnerability, health, and suffering are primary. In the art and act of caring, relationships and dialogue are essential; they provide parameters where caring becomes visible in its absence.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC , 2015. Vol. 28, no 4, 288-296 p.
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caring science; health and suffering; Nordic tradition; patients world; theories
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122104DOI: 10.1177/0894318415599220ISI: 000361759400009PubMedID: 26396212OAI: diva2:861888
Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2015-10-19

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