Meaning in Suffering: Caring Practices in the Health Professions

Meaning in Suffering: Caring Practices in the Health Professions

by Nancy Johnston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299222543

ISBN-13: 9780299222543

Pub. Date: 05/18/2007

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

     Compelling, timely, and essential reading for healthcare providers, Meaning in Suffering addresses the multiplicity of meanings suffering brings to all it touches: patients, families, health workers, and human science professionals. Examining suffering in writing that is both methodologically rigorous and accessible, the

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     Compelling, timely, and essential reading for healthcare providers, Meaning in Suffering addresses the multiplicity of meanings suffering brings to all it touches: patients, families, health workers, and human science professionals. Examining suffering in writing that is both methodologically rigorous and accessible, the contributors preserve first-hand experiences using narrative ethnography, existential hermeneutics, hermeneutic phenomenology, and traditional ethnography. They offer nuanced insights into suffering as a human condition experienced by persons deserving of dignity, empathy, and understanding. Collectively, these essays demonstrate that understanding the suffering of the "other" reveals something vital about the moral courage required to heal—and stay humane—in the face of suffering.

 

 

Winner, Nursing Research Category, American Journal of Nursing

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299222543
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/18/2007
Series:
Interpretive Studies in Healthcare Series, #6
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,032,028
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction NANCY E. JOHNSTON AND ALWILDA SCHOLLER-JAQUISH....................3
1 Meaning in Suffering: A Patchwork Remembering KATHRYN H. KAVANAGH....................7
2 The Gift of Suffering INGRID HARRIS....................60
3 Finding Meaning in Adversity NANCY E. JOHNSTON....................98
4 Narrative Phenomenology: Exploring Stories of Grief and Dying CRAIG M. KLUGMAN....................144
5 Wish Fulfillment for Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses BONNIE EWING....................186
6 Moral Meanings of Caring for the Dying SHELLEY RAFFIN BOUCHAL....................232
Contributors....................277
Index....................279

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