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Sobre acciones, silencios y un sentido de humor particular en un equipo de cuidados paliativos.

Author(s): Rafael Wainer

Journal: AIBR : Revista de AntropologĂ­a Iberoamericana
ISSN 1695-9752

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 409;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: palliative care | discourse | humour | communication | mortal

In this paper I explore the complex and contradictory ways in which a palliative care team develops a particular discourse and sense of humour while they assist people with a terminal illness. I examine how palliative care professionals make use of, reinforce, resignify, and adopt a form of verbal and non-verbal communication in which silence, humour and laughter constitute the core aspects of the therapeutic strategies for interacting with patients. In addition, I discuss the use of humour as a strategy to deal with the pressure and contradictions characteristic of their professional field.
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