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Br J Nurs. 2004 Nov 25-Dec 8;13(21):1289-92.

Exploring the relationship between caring, love and intimacy in nursing.

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Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway.


This article uses the five distinct perspectives on caring proposed by Morse et al (1990) to illustrate the relationship between love, intimacy and caring. Two distinct types of love, namely Agape (altruism/charity) and filia (brother love) are utilized in nursing. Only some caring relationships with patients reach an intimate level, and this is determined by patient characteristics to which the nurse responds. It is concluded that caring as a moral imperative is the most relevant to discussions on caring in nursing and the perspective on which the other four viewpoints hinge.

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