Caring and Well-being: A Lifeworld Approach

1st Edition

Kathleen Galvin, Les Todres

Routledge
Published June 23, 2014
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781138809246 - CAT# Y170877
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

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Summary

Something is missing in contemporary health and social care. Health and illness is often measured in policy documents in economic terms, and clinical outcomes are enmeshed in statistical data, with the patient’s experience left to one side. This stimulating book is concerned with how to humanise health and social care and keep the person at the centre of practice.

Caring and Well-Being opens by articulating Galvin and Todres’ innovative framework for humanising health care and closes with a synthesis of their argument and a discussion of how this can be applied in healthcare policy and practice. It:

  • presents an innovative lifeworld-led approach to the humanisation of care;
  • explores the concept of well-being and its relationship to suffering and outlines the rationale for a focus on them within this approach;
  • discusses how the framework can be applied and how health and social practitioners can draw on aesthetic and empathic avenues to help develop their capacity for care;
  • provides direction for policy, practice and education.

Investigating what it means to be human in a health and social care context and what the things that make us feel more human are, this book presents new perspectives about how professionals can enhance their capacity for humanly sensitive care. It is a valuable work for all those interested in ideas about care and caring in a health and social context, including psychologists, doctors and nurses.

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