Stormy weather in healthcare: A new ecology

Jane Clemensen, Pernille Ravn Jakobsen, Charlotte Myhre Jensen, Kristina Garne Holm, Mette Rothmann

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This paper discusses how the roles of patients and health professionals have changed over the years. It also explores how accelerated courses of treatment and busy staff have turned healthcare services and hospitals into “factories”, where care and relationships now exist in very cramped conditions. The paper discusses the gap between patients’ need for care and the care received. The analysis and discussion focus on how health professionals can be empowered to re-find care in their daily practice. We reveal how different health paradigms can affect care, and
the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals, by a dominant paradigm. We suggest a shift in focus from valuing the neo-liberal approach, to focus on care by linking an Ecology of Care (EoC) approach to the healthcare context, as EoC can be used as a complementary philosophy to help change the paradigm and thereby secure a holistic approach to one another.


Ecology of Care; Care; Participatory Design; Future Healthcare; New Hospitals; Change of Mindset

To cite this paper

Clemensen, Jane, et al. “Stormy Weather in Healthcare: A New Ecology.” fusion, no. 12, 2017, pp. 68-80.

First published online: 20 December 2017

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