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Juliette Corbin and Anselm Strauss


Juliette Corbin and Anselm Strauss

The Corbin and Strauss Trajectory Model proposed that nursing care should differ along a trajectory of eight phases to meet patients' and families' needs.

  • Chronic Illness Theory - Nursing 765,  Lecture Notes, Chronic Illness. - Old Dominion University, School of Nursing .

  • Re-thinking stroke rehabilitation: the Corbin and Strauss chronic illness trajectory framework (Burton. C.R. 2000. Journal of Advanced Nursing 32, 3 p 595-602) (PDF Document)

Hope and the Illness Trajectory - The concept of illness trajectory

Considers the time from diagnosis through the various perturbations of disease progression and remission.


Corbin and Strauss’ different phases:

  • “Comeback” from the initial illness.

  • “Stable phase” (during which the patient’s function is maintained).

  • “Unstable phase” (during which there is disease recurrence).

  • “Downward trajectory” (during which the person’s ability to function is in decline and results ultimately in death).      (Corbin and Strauss, 1991)


Last Modified: Thursday May 20, 2010

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