Critical analysis of everyday self-care decision making in chronic illness

Barbara L. Paterson, Cynthia Russell, Sally Thorne

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    Abstract

    Aims of the paper. The purpose of the paper is to (1) identify prevalent assumptions that underlie the traditional conceptualization of everyday self-care decision making and (2) contrast these with the findings of relevant research. Background/Rationale. Current understandings of self-care decision making in chronic illness tend to be extrapolated from knowledge gained in relation to one-time decisions, or decision making in contexts that are only superficially related to the complexity and pervasiveness of living with a chronic disease. Findings. The authors challenge the assumptions with which current understandings represent self-care decision making in chronic illness, using evidence from their research on what it is like to live with and manage the implications of having a chronic disease on an everyday basis. Conclusions. The paper concludes with a call for a new conceptualization of self-care decision making in chronic illness which sufficiently addresses the unique and complex nature of such decisions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)335-341
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Volume35
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2001

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    Critical analysis of everyday self-care decision making in chronic illness. / Paterson, Barbara L.; Russell, Cynthia; Thorne, Sally.

    In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 35, No. 3, 01.08.2001, p. 335-341.

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    Paterson, Barbara L. ; Russell, Cynthia ; Thorne, Sally. / Critical analysis of everyday self-care decision making in chronic illness. In: Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2001 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 335-341.
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