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caring

 [kār´ing]
an interpersonal process involving an emotional commitment to, and a willingness to act on behalf of, a person with whom one has a significant relationship. See also care. Caring is moral reflection but does not necessarily have a central moral principle. The bioethics of caring may focus on relationship, responsibility, trust, fidelity, and sensitivity. Emphasis is on not only what the health care provider does but also on how the actions are performed, what motives underlie them, and whether they promote or thwart positive relationships.
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Responding to the myriad issues plaguing the public's search for a more humane and caring-healing approach--among them nursing shortages and retention, high-profile medical mistakes and escalating costs--hundreds of hospitals around the world today are implementing human caring theory as a way to improve results, retain nurses and offer authentic caring-healing practices to complement the best of medical technology, treatment and cure approaches.
VA hospitals, university medical centers and managed care organizations are all seeking and using models of caring science and human caring theory to make the lives of patients, staff, and nurses more meaningful and to develop research data to demonstrate the relation between human caring and patient outcomes.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California is systematically integrating caring science and theory-based practices in all of the 21 Northern California Kaiser facilities.