Relational health care: A practical theology of personhood

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McArdle, Patrick Thomas. (2008) Relational health care: A practical theology of personhood VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft and Company KG.
AuthorsMcArdle, Patrick Thomas
Abstract

Health Care is a relational activity but in the contemporary setting this relational dimension often takes second place to technological possibilities, professional expertise and economics. In this context the vulnerable person at the heart of health care may be lost. This book brings theology and health care into dialogue to advance the conversation between these two disciplines that serve persons at their most vulnerable points. Drawing on the work of John Macmurray and Emmanuel Levinas, 'Relational Health Care' provides a conceptual framework based on understanding persons in relational terms. A number of controversial cases are investigated to demonstrate the need for relational health care. Re-conceiving the human person in this way enables new insights to be brought to bear on the clinical encounter in a manner that genuinely respects all persons involved: patients, families, friends and staff. This practical theology engages social, ethical and aesthetic dimensions of health care and affirms that it is through illness, disease and debility that the person is unveiled as relational. 'Relational Health Care' is for health care professionals, philosophers and theologians.

KeywordsCare for Disabled; Health Care Administration; Health and support services; Palliative care; Religion and Society
ISBN9783639057126
Year2008
PublisherVDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft and Company KG
Place of publicationGermany
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