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Curiosity as Holistic Engagement: Experiences of Hospitalized Patients as Research Participants

Glass, Nel PhD, MHPEd, BA, RN, FACN; Ogle, K. Robyn PhD, MHA, BApp Sc, RN, RM

Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31829b9360

Curiosity as holistic engagement in a recent research study between a researcher and participants is highlighted. Surgical inpatient participants initiated and extended interpersonal dialogue on the basis of their curiosity. It is argued that patient/participant curiosity should be encouraged because it is a positive component of holistic engagement and transformative in research processes.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

Correspondence: Nel Glass, PhD, MHPEd, BA, RN, FACN, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, Level 4, The Danniel Mannix Bldg, 17 Young St, Fitzroy, 3065, Victoria, Australia (

The first author received funding from the Australian Catholic University and St Vincent's Mercy Private, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Andrea Callaghan, Narelle Davis, Anne Hofmeyer, and Robyn Wall are thanked for their contribution to the research design.

The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

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