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University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Women´s experience of suffering from acute myocardial infarction (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Myocardial infarction is a common cause of death in Sweden. The mortality has reduced in men but not in women. Research on myocardial infarction has been done mostly in men even though women suffer approximately to the same extent. Previous studies have shown that men have priority over women when seeking acute care for symptoms of heart-disease. This situation might lead to women suffering and is not supported by Swedish health care law.

Aim: To describe women's experiences of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction and to answer following questions: How did the women experience their symptoms? How did the women manage their symptoms? How did the women experience the given care?

Method: A systematic literature-based study based on content analysis of ten qualitative articles.

Results: The result is presented in three main categories with following subcategories based on the questions. Women's experiences of their symptoms; descriptions of symptoms and interpretation of symptoms. Women's manageability of their experienced symptoms; reduction of symptoms, prioritize the needs of others and confirmation of next to kin. Women's experiences of the given care; fear of not being taken seriously and the meeting with medical staff.

Conclusion: Nurses need to gain more knowledge about women's symptoms, how they manage their symptoms and how they experience the given care. Nurses need to take women's symptoms seriously, need more knowledge about how to support women to make sure they seek medical care in time and how to give women good care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
equal care, experiences, myocardial infarction, symptoms, women, qualitative
Keyword [sv]
jämställd vård, erfarenheter, hjärtinfarkt, symptom, kvinnor, kvalitativ
National Category
Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9488Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:946843
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
Available from: 2016-08-10 Created: 2016-07-06 Last updated: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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