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Att separeras från livet: Patienters upplevelser av existentiellt lidande i palliativt skede - En litteraturstudie
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
To be separated from life. : Patients experiences of existential suffering in the palliative phase - A literature study (English)
Abstract [en]

Background:

Living with an incurable disease means facing existential challenges that the person must relate to. Being in a palliative phase also means that the person undergoes a lot of changes which often causes suffering. Suffering in palliative care is seen as multidimensional, something that affects the whole person, which is why a holistic view is a central part of palliative care. Aim: The aim of this literature study was to describe patient's experiences of existential suffering in the palliative phase. Method: A literature study based on ten qualitative articles. Results: Four main themes were found; experiences of a changed life-situation, experiences of loneliness, experiences of meaningless and experiences of loss. Conclusion: The study shows, from an existential point of view that coping and handling with an imminent death is complex and difficult in several ways. Patients in palliative care are a vulnerable patient group whose existential suffering may be enhanced by the way health professionals provide care. The study also shows a need for further research in this area aiming to support health care professionals to alleviate existential suffering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Existential issues, existential suffering, suffering, palliative care, patient’s experiences.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7295Local ID: EXO500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7295DiVA: diva2:783824
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Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2015-02-04 Created: 2015-01-27 Last updated: 2016-12-12Bibliographically approved

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