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A Theoretical Framework for Emancipatory Nursing With a Focus on Environment and Persons' Own and Shared Lifeworld

Dahlborg Lyckhage, Elisabeth, PhD; Brink, Eva, PhD; Lindahl, Berit, PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000227
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By giving a brief overview of the metaconcepts in nursing, with a focus on environment, we sketch a theoretical framework for an emancipatory perspective in nursing care practice. To meet the requirements of equality in care and treatment, we have in our theoretical framework added a critical lifeworld perspective to the antioppressive practice, to meet requirements of equity in health care encounter. The proposed model of emancipatory nursing goes from overall ideological structures to ontological aspects of the everyday world. Based on the model, nurses could identify what kind of theoretical critical knowledge and thinking they require to conduct equal care and encounter the person behind the patient role.

Faculty of Health Sciences, University West, Trollhattan, Sweden (Drs Dahlborg Lyckhage and Brink); Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Health Science Aalesund, NTNU, Norway (Drs Dahlborg Lyckhage and Lindahl); and Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare, University of Borås, Sweden (Dr Lindahl).

Correspondence: Elisabeth Dahlborg Lyckhage, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, University West, SE-46186 Trollhättan, Sweden (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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