Peeling the onion: understanding others' lived experience

Miles, Maureen, Chapman, Ysanne, and Francis, Karen (2015) Peeling the onion: understanding others' lived experience. Contemporary Nurse, 50 (2-3). pp. 286-295.

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Abstract

Society and some healthcare professionals often marginalise pregnant women who take illicit substances. Midwives who care for these women are often viewed as working on the edge of society. This research aimed to examine the lived experiences of midwives who care for pregnant women who take illicit drugs. A phenomenological study informed by Heidegger, Gadamer and Merleau-Ponty was chosen to frame these lived experiences. Using face-to-face interviews, data were collected from 12 midwives making a difference, establishing partnerships and letting go and refining practice. Lived experiences are unique and can be difficult, intangible and couched in metaphor and difficult to grasp. This paper aims to discuss lived experience and suggests that like an onion, several layers have to be peeled away before meaning can be exposed; each cover reveals another layer beneath that is different from before and different from the next. The study provides exemplars that explain lived experiences.

Item ID: 47785
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Keywords: lived experience, nursing, midwifery, hermeneutic phenomenology, qualitative research
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2017 22:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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