Lifeworld-led healthcare: Revisiting a humanising philosophy that integrates emerging trends

Les Todres, Kathleen Galvin, Karin Dahlberg

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    In this paper, we describe the value and philosophy of lifeworld-led care. Our purpose is to give a philosophically coherent foundation for lifeworld-led care and its core value as a humanising force that moderates technological progress. We begin by indicating the timeliness of these concerns within the current context of citizen-oriented, participative approaches to healthcare. We believe that this context is in need of a deepening philosophy if it is not to succumb to the discourses of mere consumerism. We thus revisit the potential of Husserl's notion of the lifeworld and how lifeworld-led care could provide important ideas and values that are central to the humanisation of healthcare practice. This framework provides a synthesis of the main arguments of the paper and is finally expressed in a model of lifeworld-led care that includes its core value, core perspectives, relevant indicative methodologies and main benefits. The model is offered as a potentially broad-based approach for integrating many existing practices and trends. In the spirit of Husserl's interest in both commonality and variation, we highlight the central, less contestable foundations of lifeworld-led care, without constraining the possible varieties of confluent practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-63
    Number of pages11
    JournalMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2006


    • Humanisation of healthcare
    • Husserl
    • Integrative model
    • Lifeworld-led care
    • Phenomenology


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