The second dimension that defines the front and back sides, surfaces or planes of the cube goes up and down. Points along this line or dimension are more or less serious or critical. A wound to the heart would be among the most acute or major threats to the life of the person. Dropping ones glasses would be among the least serious threats to the life of the person or organism.
This dimension is shared with the two side surfaces.
Now, picture the sides of the phone booth. The sides of the booth extend from the top to the bottom.
This side represents the need. How serious or life threatening is the need? Does the newborn need to be kept alive in an intensive care unit? Does the infant need a smile or a game of peek a boo? The range of variation of the threat to the life is mapped along the side of the cube. In health care this term is sometimes called acuity. How acute is the problem?
Not only did multidimensional scaling give us the three dimensional map it plotted responses within the space. Thus, we could identify different kinds of care. Some of these kinds of care have names: Pregnancy, Homemaking, Child care, Nursing care, Mothering, helping, kindness, compassion. Others do not have names. They are so ubiquitous that they have never been named.
This has been an exciting time for me. While this research was completed in 1991, I only recently understood how to explain it to you, the reader, who is unaccustomed to these methods of study, in ways that are interesting, accurate, and understandable. So for the next few months I'll be posting the lessons learned from my research about care.