Listening to Patients: A Phenomenological Approach to by Sandra P. Thomas PhD RN FAAN, Howard R. Pollio PhD

By Sandra P. Thomas PhD RN FAAN, Howard R. Pollio PhD

"This ebook fills not just a spot yet a large cavern....I can't give some thought to a greater method for neophyte nurses to interact the human reports and views in their sufferers, nor am i able to think about a extra correct and finished rationalization of the philosophy and techniques of existential phenomenology for pro researchers, scientists, and theoreticians."--Jacquelyn H. Flaskerud, PhD, RN, FAAN, UCLA university of Nursing whereas addressing a large readership, this ebook focuses relatively at the nurse clinician and pupil, demonstrating how a humanistic philosophy and learn method has the aptitude to light up the deeper meanings of overall healthiness crises and common human reports like soreness and non secular misery.

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Janet realized, after she transcribed and thematized her bracketing interview, that she was expecting the lived experience of a stroke survivor to be dominated by all of the losses brought about by cerebral hemorrhage or ischemia. While she was being interviewed, she cried as she recalled the aphasia and immobility of some of her former stroke patients. Had she not been sensitized regarding her gloomy perception of the existence of the stroke survivor, she may have led her interviewees to focus on losses.

But there are other benefits as well. For example, 10 interviews may easily generate more than 200 pages of single-spaced, typed text. The lone researcher is likely to become overwhelmed by an interpretive task of this size and may rush the interpretation, thereby overlooking significant details and interrelations in various transcripts. The group offers a means of sharing the burden of interpretation because the ability to remember significant aspects of the transcripts is greater than that of any one individual.

With this opportunity to discuss a personal experience with another person who is equally interested in that experience, the participant may gain access to more of his or her life history. When this happens, the person being interviewed may feel understood, a rare and enriching experience, Among the benefits of participating in phenomenological interviews are catharsis, self- awareness, healing, and empowerment: Participants often report such benefits even when their interviews explored events such as incest or the murder of a family member (Hutchinson, Wilson, & Wilson, 1994).

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