The core of Katie Eriksson’s caritative caring theory – a qualitative study from a postdoctoral perspective

Lisbeth Fagerström, Jessica Hemberg*, Camilla Koskinen, Lillemor Östman, Yvonne Näsman, Linda Nyholm, Regina Santamäki Fischer

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Abstract

Background

For about 40 years, Katie Eriksson developed the caritative caring theory at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. However, a description regarding the most substantial concepts and the relationships between these is lacking and thus needs to be explored.

Aims

The aim of the study was twofold: to explore and describe central concepts in the development of caritative caring theory from a postdoctoral perspective and to uncover and explore the relationships between the concepts.

Methodology

The design of the study was qualitative with a mixed method approach. The material was collected from a postdoctoral group (n = 38) mainly through electronic questionnaires. The texts were interpreted through manifest and latent content analysis.

Findings

The analyses generated five main categories including subcategories. The main categories were ‘Caring’ ‘Ethos’, ‘Suffering’ ‘Health’ and ‘The human being’. The relation between the main concepts compiled as ‘A tentative synthesis of the main concepts and the relationships between them’.

Conclusion

This study contributes to an understanding of the most fundamental and valuable concepts in the development of caritative theory during its first 40 years according to postdoctoral researchers’ perspectives. This study also displays that the concepts ethos and caring have the strongest relationship followed by that between caring and health, indicating the inner core of ethos and love within caring which bears the potential of enhancing the patient’s well‐being and health.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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