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Nursing patients with body image problems 

Nursing patients with body image problems
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Nursing patients with body image problems
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10.1093/med/9780199231355.003.0024
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date: 19 July 2018

Body image, 814

Factors associated with body image problems 816

Medical conditions that alter body image 818

Nursing care in helping patients adjust to changes in body image 822

Body image is a complex and multifaceted construct. It was originally defined by Schilder (1935) as ‘the picture of our own body that we form in our mind, that is to say, the way in which the body appears to ourselves.’ It has since been defined in many different ways. A useful definition, which includes the key elements identified by Schilder as well as key elements included in more recent definitions, is provided by Grogan (1999) as ‘a person’s perceptions, thoughts and feelings about his or her body.’...

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