The sociology of intimacy in the nurse-patient relationship
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Dowling, Maura. (2006). The sociology of intimacy in the nurse-patient relationship. Nursing Standard, 20(23), 48-54. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.02.20.23.48.c4070
This article examines intimacy from a sociological perspective. It reveals that ‘over-involved’ or ‘intimate’ nurse-patient relationships do not tend to be welcomed by nurses. The work of certain theorists is explored to provide a sociological explanation of intimate nurse-patient relationships and to highlight the complexities of nurses developing intimate relationships with patients in the workplace.