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The other and otherness (in health), a nursing approach

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Humberto Elizalde Ordoñez ,
Humberto Elizalde Ordoñez

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Ximena del Pilar Andino Guamanzara ,
Ximena del Pilar Andino Guamanzara

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Narcisa de Jesús Jiménez Juela ,
Narcisa de Jesús Jiménez Juela

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Sonia Elizabeth Chacón Sevillano ,
Sonia Elizabeth Chacón Sevillano

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Evelyn Alexandra Romero Romero ,
Evelyn Alexandra Romero Romero

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Tatiana Karina Rosales Maldonado ,
Tatiana Karina Rosales Maldonado

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Ecuador

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Abstract

In the field of nursing, "the other" and "otherness" focuses on the recognition and understanding of the cultural, social and personal diversity of individuals. This perspective takes into account particularities, beliefs and experiences as crucial elements in the health care, in addition contemporary nursing recognizes that each person is unique and has an identity that goes beyond their medical condition. When facing the "other", nursing professionals strive to understand their values, beliefs and cultural contexts To provide truly person-centered care, in this sense, nursing care focuses on establishing an empathetic and respectful connection with the patient, recognizing and valuing their individuality. Otherness becomes a bridge to understand differences and adapt health care to the specific needs of each individual, taking into consideration a holistic approach, considering not only the physical aspects, but also the emotional, cultural and social aspects of the patient, which involves working in interdisciplinary teams to integrate different perspectives and knowledge , thus promoting more complete and effective care.
In conclusion, the nursing approach towards "the other" and otherness lies in recognizing, respecting and valuing the uniqueness of each individual, thus promoting more human, sensitive and person-centered care.

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Elizalde Ordoñez H, Andino Guamanzara X del P, Jiménez Juela N de J, Chacón Sevillano SE, Romero Romero EA, Rosales Maldonado TK. The other and otherness (in health), a nursing approach . Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 May 20 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];4:1043. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/1043

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