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Academic Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences, 2023, 4(2); doi: 10.25236/AJMHS.2023.040205.

In-depth Presence, Rethinking the Other and Focusing on Empathy: A Re-Understanding of Nursing Ethnography Research


Min Peng1,2, Ge Meng3, Dong Wei1,3, Yitong Jia1,2, Xiaomin Sun4, Yinping Zhang1,2

Corresponding Author:
Yinping Zhang

1School of Nursing, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi’an, Shanxi, 710061, China

2Gansu Gem Flower Hospital, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730060, China

3Zonglian College, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710061, China

4The Third Hospital of Xi’an City, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710061, China


Nursing research in China is generally quantitative in nature and qualitative research is relatively rare, especially nursing research using ethnographic methods. Ethnographic methods have been widely used in nursing research abroad, and extended to various fields of nursing research. Many ethnographic research results have been produced in Taiwan, but there are only a handful of related studies in the Chinese mainland. Therefore, aiming at the problems existing in the research of nursing ethnography in China and combining with the related research of nursing ethnography abroad, three aspects of nursing ethnography research in China can be improved: from in-depth interviews to in-depth presence, from focusing on cross-cultural nursing of other nations to focusing on nursing practice of our own nation, and from invasive “care” to “empathetic care”.


Nursing anthropology, Ethnographic research, Empathy

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Min Peng, Ge Meng, Dong Wei, Yitong Jia, Xiaomin Sun, Yinping Zhang. In-depth Presence, Rethinking the Other and Focusing on Empathy: A Re-Understanding of Nursing Ethnography Research. Academic Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences (2023) Vol. 4, Issue 2: 24-29. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJMHS.2023.040205.


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