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‘It’s about me’ – a narrative analysis of female smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their relationship to smoking
Närhälsan Mellerud.
Närhälsan Mellerud.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, postgraduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3702-8202
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 28, no 2, 373-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Chronic obstructive lung disease is a disease that is common among the smoking population. In Sweden, more women than men are smokers. The most effective treatment to improve the symptoms of COPD is to quit smoking but still many women continue to smoke, despite their illness. Aim The aim of this study was to describe how a group of smoking women with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) experienced their everyday life and their relationship to smoking. Method A qualitative study based on narratives from six women with COPD was conducted. The narratives focused on the women′s everyday life and their relationship to smoking. The interviews were analysed into four themes and a new story, based on these themes were constructed. Findings The new story describes a woman with COPD that knows what she must do but cannot find the power within herself to take action. She talks about herself like a young bird that is going fly for the first time. Conclusion The study indicates that these women need some form of individual help to find the inner strength that they lack. Their self-respect as well as their self-image needs to be boosted in order to strengthen their belief that they are going to cope without the cigarette.

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2013. Vol. 28, no 2, 373-380 p.
Keyword [en]
nursing, encounter, COPD, lifeworld, self-respect, self-image, narrative analysis
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5783DOI: 10.1111/scs.12068ISI: 000334503400019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5783DiVA: diva2:677292
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Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013

Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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