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Health-care-professional patients' conceptions of being ill and hospitalised: a phenomenographic study
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0714-0167
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0679-5695
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7352-8234
2016 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Aims and Objectives: To describe the variation of conceptions of being ill and hospitalised, from the perspective of health-care-professional-patients.

Background: Previous literature focuses on either physicians' or nurses' experiences of being a patient, without aiming at determining a variation of ways of understanding that phenomena. Nor have we been able to identify any study reporting other health-care-professionals' experiences.

Design: This study has an inductive descriptive design.

Methods: Qualitative interviews with health care professionals (n=16), who had been hospitalised for at least two days. Phenomenographic data analysis was conducted.

Results: The feelings of security were based on knowledge, insight and trust, and acceptance of the health care system. Being exposed and totally dependent due to illness provoked feelings of vulnerability and insecurity. The patients used their knowledge to achieve participation in the care. The more severe they perceived their illness to be, the less they wanted to participate and the more they expressed a need for being allowed to surrender control. The patients' ideal picture of care was sometimes disrupted and based on their experience they criticised care and made suggestions that could contribute to general care improvements.

Conclusions: Health-care-professional patients' have various conceptions of being ill and hospitalised. Based on the general nature of the many needs expressed, we believe that the some insights provided in this study can be transferred so as to also be valid for lay patients. Possibly, an overhaul of routines for discharge planning and follow-up, and adopting a person-centred approach to care, can resolve some of the identified shortcomings. Finally, the results can be used for the purpose of developing knowledge for health-care professions and for educational purposes.

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West Sussex, United Kindom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016.
Keyword [en]
Health care professionals, patient safety, phenomenography, qualitative studies, quality of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52724DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13604PubMedID: 27685871OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-52724DiVA: diva2:1034260
Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2016-11-30Bibliographically approved

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