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    Using Heidegger’s philosophy of dasein to support person-centred research

    Chesterton, Lorna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9668-1941 and Jack, Kirsten (2021) Using Heidegger’s philosophy of dasein to support person-centred research. Nurse Researcher. ISSN 1351-5578

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    Background Locating and explicating philosophical frameworks, which enable a person centred approach, is important for nurses undertaking research to respect and value participants during the process. This reflects the ideals of person-centred care. Aim To explore how Heidegger’s philosophical concept of dasein and its relationship with the hermeneutic circle can support person-centred research. Discussion Dasein is described as ‘being in the world’ and encourages thinking about the ways in which people are bound to their surroundings and history. Understanding and applying it to nursing research is important as it enables researchers to explore the ‘lifeworld’ of another and promotes person-centred research practice. Conclusion Developing a person-centred approach to research can be achieved by using Heidegger’s concept of dasein, which can enable the development of insight into another person’s lifeworld. Implications for practice Understanding the concept of dasein enables nurse researchers to undertake person-centred research. Dasein recognises individuals in the holistic context of their world and values what is important to them. Situating findings contextually allows nurse researchers to influence nursing practice and policy

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