Therapeutic, Existential and Educational Dimensions of Care


  • M.Benedetta Gambacorti-Passerini University of Milan Bicocca
  • Lucia Zannini State University of Milan


To cure, To care, Educational care, Medical care


In Western culture, the concept of “care” is usually related to two main semantic domains: the idea of “curing”, mostly associated with medicine, and the idea of “taking care”, more frequently related to nursing and educational practices. The aim of this paper is to analyse the different meanings of “care”, including the existential dimensions of the caring process as well. After a brief analysis of the changes concerning medical science over the last centuries, we will mainly focus on the transformations through which the clinical practice has gone, thanks to whom the concept of “taking care” of the patient has gained increasing attention. The paper will finally underline the educational dimensions of the caring approach, intended as a patient’s global care. Indeed the aim of that approach is not only to promote a status of physical and psychological wellbeing, but also to support patients development through their personal growth and education.