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Att vara närstående till en person med cancer i palliativt skede: En litteraturbaserad studie om närståendes erfarenheter
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Being related to a person with cancer in palliative phase : A study based on scientific studies of relatives' experiences (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Palliative care is increasing within health care. When a person is treated in the end of life, the focus is on the patient. The relatives often end up in the background even though they need support. It's important to learn about what the relatives experience and what they are going through during this challenging phase to be able to give them the support they need.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to illuminate experiences of being related to a person with cancer in a palliative phase.

Method: A method to contribute to evidence-based nursing with ground in analysis of qualitative research was performed to get a better understanding of relatives' experiences. A five step method was used to analyse the findings from the 10 qualitative articles that was selected which resulted in four main themes and thirteen subthemes.

Results: The result showed which aspects that had an impact on the relatives' experiences. Changes in life and the importance of maintaining everyday life was highlighted as well as benefits from social support. The importance of having a good relationship with the nurse, been given relevant information and getting professional support was also aspects that affected the relatives' experiences. Lastly was the grief and struggle the relatives' experienced.

Conclusion: The conclusion showed the importance for the relatives to be seen and that it is often necessary to give them help and support during the end of life care with their loved ones.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 18 p.
Keyword [en]
Cancer, family experience, palliative care, relatives’ experience, terminal cancer
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11309Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11309DiVA: diva2:1130974
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-11 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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