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Untangling fear and eudaimonia in the healthcare provider-patient relationship

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Ensuring patient participation in healthcare decision making remains a difficult task. Factors such as a lack of time in the consultation, medical objectivation, or the difficulties of translating individual patient experience into the treatment plan have been shown to limit patient contributions. Little research attention has focused however on how emotions experienced by both the patient and the healthcare provider may affect the ability of the patient to participate. In this research, patient's and healthcare provider's emotions were identified and analysed. The research method showed fear as a prominent emotion experienced. This included patient's fears both inside and outside the consultation, as well as the healthcare provider's fears in their professional practice. Using Martha Nussbaum's cognitive-evaluative theory of emotions as an additional means of analysis, the research looked at what this emotion could show about the importance of the object of this fear to the person's eudaimonia (flourishing). At the end of the article, several solutions were proposed to help mitigate this fear to keep it from becoming a destructive force in the healthcare provider-patient relationship.

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sic_03109479 , version 1 (13-01-2021)

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Brenda Bogaert. Untangling fear and eudaimonia in the healthcare provider-patient relationship. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 2020, 23 (3), pp.457-469. ⟨10.1007/s11019-020-09956-1⟩. ⟨sic_03109479⟩
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