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Towards a more holistic conceptualisation of empathy for nursing practice

Towards a more holistic conceptualisation of empathy for nursing practice
Towards a more holistic conceptualisation of empathy for nursing practice
This article proposes a new holistic conceptualization of empathy for nursing practice that allows different aspects of the literature to be understood. This study is based on the data of a doctoral study exploring the nature of empathy on an oncology ward. The findings revealed that empathy is not a single phenomenon. Four different forms of empathy were identified, namely, empathy as an incident, empathy as a way of knowing, empathy as a process, and empathy as a way of being. These different forms of empathy can be understood in terms of a continuum of empathy development and suggest a new way of conceptualizing empathy that can be depicted diagrammatically.
0161-9268
E61-E72
Wiseman, Theresa
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Wiseman, Theresa
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Wiseman, Theresa (2007) Towards a more holistic conceptualisation of empathy for nursing practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 31 (3), E61-E72. (doi:10.1097/01.ANS.0000286630.00011.e3). (PMID:17703117)

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This article proposes a new holistic conceptualization of empathy for nursing practice that allows different aspects of the literature to be understood. This study is based on the data of a doctoral study exploring the nature of empathy on an oncology ward. The findings revealed that empathy is not a single phenomenon. Four different forms of empathy were identified, namely, empathy as an incident, empathy as a way of knowing, empathy as a process, and empathy as a way of being. These different forms of empathy can be understood in terms of a continuum of empathy development and suggest a new way of conceptualizing empathy that can be depicted diagrammatically.

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Published date: July 2007
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 397156
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397156
ISSN: 0161-9268
PURE UUID: 9dc88619-aa03-4a2e-8f38-0ebca70dbdfa
ORCID for Theresa Wiseman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3355-1269

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Date deposited: 18 Jul 2016 14:28
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:35

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