Clients' reflections on relationships with nurses: comparisons from Canada and Scotland Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • It has been suggested that the crucial elements in nursing situations are the nurse, the client, and what goes on between them. This paper examines what goes on between clients and nurses during interpersonal relationships, from the perspective of the clients. Data are presented from studies conducted in Canada and Scotland. It is shown that what clients want, or do not want, during relationships with their nurses, is similar on both sides of the Atlantic. The findings reported in this paper are relevant to transcultural nursing, ethical care, the growth in consumerism, and client advocacy. The findings suggest also that there is a need for nursing research to focus on clinical outcomes in order to establish whether clients' perceptions of helping relationships have any relevance to favourable health outcomes, and the evidence base for clinical nursing.

publication date

  • February 2001