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The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Catastrophe, its Survivors, Job and the Universal Features of Suffering: A Theoretical Study
Mälardalen University, Västerås/Eskilstuna, Sweden; University College of Haraldsplass, Bergen, Norway & Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Ansgar Theological Seminary, Kristiansand, Norway.
2014 (English)In: Journal of religion and health, ISSN 0022-4197, E-ISSN 1573-6571, Vol. 53, no 4, 1257-1266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this theoretical article is to discuss the existential and universal feature of suffering-as illustrated by Job's suffering in the Book of Job in the Bible and by the survivors of the 2004 Asian tsunami catastrophe-and to highlight its significance for health care. Further, the study is aiming at contributing to health professionals' understanding of patients' suffering. The sources are narratives, comprising Job's book, TV interviews 1 year after the tsunami catastrophe and the survivors' autobiographies. The methodological approach is a philosophical analysis. The existential, universal, ontological and epistemological aspects of suffering are carefully scrutinized to unveil the universal and existential versus culture-specific features of suffering. Based on the results, the authors' recommendations are (1) a holistic concept of the patient and health care has to seriously consider suffering in all its complexity because when a person is in pain, it is not his/her body but the whole person as a unity of body, psyche and spirit that suffers and (2) suffering should be seen as the most central concept of health care, which should provide treatment for physical pain and all dimensions of suffering: physical, social, mental and spiritual aspects. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York, 2014. Vol. 53, no 4, 1257-1266 p.
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Suffering, Tsunami, Holistic, Health care, Philosophical analysis
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Religious Studies Health Sciences
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30455DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9815-xISI: 000337151900027PubMedID: 24442721Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84902545218OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30455DiVA: diva2:908834
Available from: 2014-07-17 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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