caring


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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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The availability of public assistance funds spurred the transformation of the traditional patterns of caring for aged parents and relatives.
who currently spend (or recently spent) more than two hours per week caring for an aging friend or relative and have total annual household income of at least $100,000.
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For physicians who work in HMOs concerned with quality, the distinction between caring for individuals--patients one at a time--and populations of patients is central to success.