The sociology of intimacy in the nurse-patient relationship
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The sociology of intimacy in the nurse-patient relationship

Maura Dowling Lecturer, Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

This article examines intimacy from a sociological perspective. It reveals that ‘over-involved’ or ‘intimate’ nurse-patient relationships do not tend to be welcomed by nurses. The work of certain theorists is explored to provide a sociological explanation of intimate nurse-patient relationships and to highlight the complexities of nurses developing intimate relationships with patients in the workplace.

Nursing Standard. 20, 23, 48-54. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.02.20.23.48.c4070

Correspondence

maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review