Caring from the heart as belonging-the basis for mediating compassion

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jessica Hemberg, Lena Wiklund Gustin
Publisher: Wiley
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Nursing Open
eISSN: 2054-1058



The aim of
this study was to illuminate nurses’ experiences of mediating compassion to
patients in the home care context.


phenomenological hermeneutical approach was used.


The data
comprised of texts from interviews with twelve nurses in a home care context.
Informed consent was sought from participants regarding participation in the
study and the storage and handling of data for research purposes.


Four themes
were seen: Encountering one
another as human beings, Being in the moment, Bearing responsibility for the
other and Being in a loving communion. The overall theme was: Acting from
one’s inner ethos, heart of goodness and love. Mediating compassion as
belonging can be interpreted as the “component” that holds the caring
relationship together and unites the different levels of health as doing, being
and becoming in the ontological health model. Further research should focus on
revealing compassion from the perspective of patients.


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