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Peeling the onion: understanding others' lived experience


Miles, M and Chapman, Y and Francis, K, Peeling the onion: understanding others' lived experience, Contemporary Nurse, 50, (2-3) pp. 286-295. ISSN 1037-6178 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2015.1067571


Society and some healthcare professionals often marginalise pregnant women who take illicit substances. Midwives who care for these women are often viewed as working on the edge of society. This research aimed to examine the lived experiences of midwives who care for pregnant women who take illicit drugs. A phenomenological study informed by Heidegger, Gadamer and Merleau-Ponty was chosen to frame these lived experiences. Using face-to-face interviews, data were collected from 12 midwives making a difference, establishing partnerships and letting go and refining practice. Lived experiences are unique and can be difficult, intangible and couched in metaphor and difficult to grasp. This paper aims to discuss lived experience and suggests that like an onion, several layers have to be peeled away before meaning can be exposed; each cover reveals another layer beneath that is different from before and different from the next. The study provides exemplars that explain lived experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Midwifery
Research Field:Clinical midwifery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132336
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-03
Last Modified:2019-08-22

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