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Att förlora en del av sig själv: anhörigas upplevelser av palliativ vård i hemmet
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, postgraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Losing a part of yourself : relative's experiences of palliative home care. (English)
Abstract [en]

Background:

The need for palliative care is increasing both in Sweden and in rest of the world. Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve well-being for both the patient with an incurable disease and his or hers family in the end of life. The close relatives have a significant role in the care of their critically ill family member, when the patient is cared for at home. The nurse has a responsibility to make the families involved and to meet their needs of physical and psychological support.

Aim:

To describe relative's experiences of palliative home care.

Method:

A literature review based on eight qualitative scientific articles was performed.

Results:

Three main themes were found to describe the relatives' experiences of palliative home care. First, A source of strength with subthemes security and gratitude. The second theme was To be responsible, with subthemes insecurity and vulnerability and at last A life adjustment with the subthemes limitation and powerlessness. Conclusion: Being a close relative of a seriously ill family member with incurable disease in need of palliative home care is a major life adjustment. In order to maintain wellness and prevent unnecessary suffering nurses should use their expertise to meet the needs of the relatives in palliative home care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , p. 19
Keyword [en]
Experience, Home care, Palliative care, Qualitative, Relatives.
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7160Local ID: EXO500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7160DiVA, id: diva2:771588
Subject / course
Nursing science
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Sjuksköterskeprogrammet
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Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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