Abstract

Occupational therapists who would better understand and advocate against depersonalization in health care can find specific references in narratives to the attitudes and behaviors that seem problematic. Patients argue that helpers fail to recognize that illness and disability are events charged with personal meaning. Instead of communicating with patients, helpers establish a distance that diminishes them. They withhold information in a manner that precludes hope, they use brusque manners, and they misuse their powers. Each of these behaviors seems unreasonable and impersonal, and each discourages patients. Together these narratives might inspire therapists to value interactive reasoning as central to practice, to recommit to their consideration of persons, and to enact a climate of caring.

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