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Hjärtsvikt: Ett liv med en kronisk sjukdom
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Heart failure : A life with a chronic disease (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Heart failure is one of the most rapidly growing diseases in the world. Previous research has focused on the medical side of the treatment for the disease but not much has been done in regards of understanding patient´s experiences.

Aim: The aim was to describe patients' experiences of living with heart failure.

Method: For this study a method to contributing to evidence-based nursing with a ground in analysis of qualitative research was used. This method was chosen as a way to better understand patients' experiences of living with heart failure. An analysis of ten qualitative articles was carried out, this analysis resulted in five main themes and ten subthemes. Results: The result showed that patients living with heart failure suffer from a variation of physical and psychological symptoms that force them to change their lives and often leads to social isolation. The result also showed that in order to properly accept and live with their disease a positive outlook on life and hope for the future was required. Finally, the result showed that how the patients were received and treated by health care professionals played a large part in their outlook on and hope for the future.

Conclusion: Patients living with heart failure experience many physical and psychological difficulties. Strategies for coping and support from family and healthcare is a necessity for them to be able to live with their condition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 20
Keywords [en]
Heart Failure, Lifestyle changes, Patients’ experiences, Person-centered-care, Qualitative
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12423Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12423DiVA, id: diva2:1212969
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-04 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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