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The Respect That Other Deserves

A Game Between Forces and Weaknesses in the Field of Health Care

Sampaio, Carlos A. RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000196

Caring for people with diminished faculties and forms of disease and handicap that break down their personality places high demands on care staff. Anchored in a caring science with a holistic and humanistic approach, this article analyzes the trajectories of control that emerge in nurse care interactions. A suggested answer is the responsibility of the nurse to be aware of the power inequality, to recognize the potential for patients to feel intimidated, and to create a therapeutic alliance. The right use of power in the nurse-patient interaction guarantees that the patient's needs are foremost and the patient's vulnerability is sheltered.

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Instituto de Bioética, Rua Diogo Botelho, Porto, Portugal.

Correspondence: Carlos A. Sampaio, RN, Apartado 341, 3501-908 Viseu, Portugal (

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

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