Caring Elements in the Short Encounter

Gunilla Holopainen, Anne Kasen, Lisbet Nyström

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Even short encounters between caregivers and patients may be characterized as caring. In this paper we uncover the caring elements in the short encounter by studying patient’s told narratives. Invitation to an encounter, the caregiver’s sense for how the patient feels, the patient’s sense for the caregiver’s way of being and the prolonged time in the intense moment were found as caring elements that can create an encounter with opportunity for the patient to be both patient and human being.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)50–55
JournalInternational Journal for Human Caring
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • caring science
  • Hermeneutics
  • narratives

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