An Evidence-based Conceptual Analysis of Presence

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Abstract

Presence is recognized as a quality and an intervention of nursing care. As technology replaces human touch, economic constraints decrease time spent with the patient and the demand for holistic care increases, the act and quality of presence gains significance. Presence is described as transformative to the patient care experience, having the potential to hinder or facilitate the healing process. This conceptual analysis utilizes an evidence-based approach of presence for use in theory development and concept measurement.

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