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Why Families Matter 

Why Families Matter
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Why Families Matter
Author(s):

Hilde Lindemann

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190624880.003.0002
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date: 03 June 2020

Families are valuable for many reasons, but here the focus is on two: their function of creating and maintaining the identities of those within them, and their function of caring. These give rise to an ethos that is common in structures of intimacy but not shared by healthcare providers. The tension between the two systems of ethics creates problems unless healthcare providers understand the difference.

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