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caring

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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She will continue her global work in caring science through the numerous activities of the Watson Caring Science Institute, a nonprofit foundation she founded in 2008.
Writer's Note: To honor Jean Watson's lifetime body of scholarly global work through the University of Colorado, and her retirement, the University of Colorado and the Watson Caring Science Institute are hosting the Caring Science Summer Institute, July 15-19, and the World Caring Conference, July 20, in Boulder, CO.