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En-claves del pensamiento

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BąK, Agata. On becoming (im)patient. En-clav. pen [online]. 2023, vol.17, n.33, e607.  Epub 11-Mayo-2023. ISSN 2594-1100.

This paper describes two different meanings we usually associate with being a patient. In order to do so, I draw on Simone de Beauvoir and her methodology which enables me to conceive how different features of one´s identity are construed temporarily in a my own-intersubjective dynamism. Being a patient is here examined with regard to two dimensions: as an existential relationship with the illness and as a role in doctor-patient encounter. In the first part, the “patient” model is being analyzed. The relationship with the illness is conceived mostly as a loss, and epistemologically, the patient is conceived as irrelevant or irrational in the relation with the healthcare professional. To conclude it, I analyze different phenomenological description of being ill. The other extreme, I present “impatient” experiences, which are full of activity. Here, existential relationship with the illness is conceived as a “negotiation” and doctor-patient relationship is more about searching acceptable solutions in common. This part is mostly informed by Baszanger´s and Mol´s work. In conclusion, it is stressed that both notions form extreme points of the axis of illness and patient experience.

Palabras llave : Phenomenology of illness; patient; Simone de Beauvoir; chronic diseases.

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