Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Religious Studies


Health Sciences, Nursing.


Muldoon, Maureen,




Employing a phenomenological approach, this thesis explores the perspective of illness as a synergy of disease as well as the lived experience of being ill. Within this context the ethic of care that guides contemporary medicine will be evaluated. The biomedical model of illness is shown to be inadequate in light of a patient-centered understanding of chronic illness. The methodology used was developed by Sandra Kirby and Kate McKenna in their book Experience, Research, Social Change: Methods from the Margins . This methodology begins with a concern that is rooted in experience, it also recognizes the integral role of the researcher's experience and familiarity with the research question. It is also based on the commitment to advancing knowledge through a process of exploration grounded in the experience of people who have usually been treated as the objects of research. The primary research was qualitative in nature and involved interviewing eight human subjects using an unstructured interview style. Thematic threads evolved from their reflections on living with Crohn's Disease, the meaning of illness, the meaning of care, and their relationships with physicians. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Religious Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .M33. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0485. Adviser: Maureen Muldoon. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.