Nurse-patient relationship: A dichotomy of expectations

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Title Nurse-patient relationship: A dichotomy of expectations
Author Moyle, Wendy
Journal Name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Editor Michael Hazelton
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract The nurse-patient relationship has traditionally been viewed as the essence of nursing practice. This paper disputes that the ideals of such a relationship occur effortlessly in nursing practice. Findings from a phenomenological study of individuals hospitalized with a depressive illness found that a therapeutic relationship did not come instinctively to the mental health nurses, and that there was a dichotomy between the close relationship expected by patients and the distant relationship provided by nurses. It is unclear whether nurses' distancing behaviour was as a result of the participant's depressive illness, a normal part of nursing practice, or whether other features such as nurses' workloads were an influencing factor. Further research is required to explore this issue.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at []
Volume 12
Page from 103
Page to 109
ISSN 1445-8330
Date Accessioned 2004-03-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Faculty of Nursing & Health
Subject Mental Health Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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