Day by day, moment by moment - the meaning of the caring encounter

Gunilla Holopainen, Lisbet Nyström, Anne Kasen

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<strong><p>Background:</p><p>caregivers where increasingly more and more issues need to be taken care of. This is why it is important to</p><p>investigate how these short encounters can become caring and supportive for patients.</p>For women diagnosed with breast cancer today’s streamlined care entails brief encounters with<strong><p>Aims:</p><p>caring encounter in the care of women with breast cancer.</p>The aim of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the prerequisites for and the meaning of the<strong><p>Methodology:</p>Secondary analysis was performed using hermeneutic text interpretation according to Ricoeur.<strong><p>Results:</p><p>receiving time and having time – being allowed to be a human being and a patient from one moment to the next</p><p>are prerequisites for a caring encounter in this context. The promise of future encounters and trust in the</p><p>caregivers’ expert knowledge make it possible for the woman to safely surrender her body to the caregivers.</p><p>When the woman is allowed to be both patient and human being she can to a greater extent be herself in her</p><p>changed body.</p>Promises of encounters, trust that bears from day to day, moments of time together – giving time,<strong><p>Conclusions:</p><p>beings. This time is a timeless moment that exists on a deeper level. In this moment, the woman gains the insight</p><p>to live day by day, moment by moment, which, in this context, becomes the most important message and</p><p>meaning of the encounter.</p>In a caring encounter, mutual time is created between caregiver and patient, between human</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)51–57
JournalInternational Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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