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Keywords

communication, health concepts, meaning holism, nurse-patient interaction, sociocultural context

 

Authors

  1. Nordby, Halvor DPhil

Abstract

Drawing on Ludwig Wittgenstein's influential theory of concept possession, the article argues that assumptions about meaning in patients' linguistic communities normally play an important role in nurse-patient communication. Case studies are used to clarify the significance of the sociocultural dimension of understanding in caring practice.