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Home Care in France: A Study of Interactions between Independent Nurses, Patients and Their Family


Within the context of the rise in ambulatory health care, there is a significant increase in the presence of independent French nurses in the patients’ homes. Based on the analysis of the contents of a corpus of semidirective interviews, this article deals with the relationships that these professionals maintain with their patients and their relatives throughout the duration of the health care provided. Oscillating between tension and cooperation, these relationships highlight the privileged role these nurses play in the lives of this fragile population.

Florence Douguet

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