Care for nurses only? Medicine and the perceiving eye

Health Care Anal. 2011 Mar;19(1):15-27. doi: 10.1007/s10728-010-0161-9.


In this paper I introduce a theoretical framework on care developed by the Norwegian nurse and philosopher Kari Martinsen, and I argue that this approach has relevance not only within nursing, but also within clinical medicine. I try to substantiate this claim by analysing some of the key concepts in this approach, and I illustrate the potential clinical relevance of this approach by applying it in relation to two care scenarios. Finally, I discuss some of the concerns that have been raised in relation to the aim of highlighting care in medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Ethics, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing / methods*
  • Physician-Patient Relations