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Title of document: Role of chronic illness: a critical reflection from the perspective of care nurses
Name of author(s): Ximena Ibarra Mendoza*, José Siles González
Name of publisher: CULTURA DE LOS CUIDADOS
Language of the publication: Spanish
Language of the review: English
Summary:
"The present review emerges from the need of pondering epistemologically about the pertinence of the nursing care in sight of the experience of living with a chronic illness. It starts from the assumption of the complexity of the reality of the human being (understanding the person as the sum of structures that conform a whole in a dynamic way, influenced by internal and external factors, with complex, dynamics and hard to foresee behaviors). The process of becoming ill involves in itself important changes and disorders in our system, and if we add to this the modifications that must be adopted in the everyday life, it will affect not only the patient, but also all who surround.

The theme was structured by means of an analysis process centered in the symbolic interactionism of Blumer, considering human life mainly as a vast interpretative process in which people, either individually or collectively, guide themselves trough the definition of the objects, events and situations in which they are, interacting the physiological plane (senses) with the intellectual and historical (previous knowledge and experiences).

Those who receive the nursing care are individuals who struggle constantly to "give a sense" to the world that surrounds them. However, they differ one from another in the way in which they give sense to the events affecting them. The nursing care professional must not only contribute to the treatment of the disease, but also help the person to deal with it in total coherence with the world."

Reviewer's comments on the document:
It is important to define realities in order to know what patients feel and the ways in wich they build their lifes.
Where to find it:

Cultura de Cuidados, 2º. Semestre 2006 • Año X - N.° 20, (129-135) ISSN: 1138-1728

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