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Transitional experiences in patients following intracranial aneurysm rupture
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; .
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Neurosurgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 23, no 9-10, p. 1263-1273Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims and objectives To describe changes and transitions in everyday life in the first two years following an intracranial aneurysm rupture. Background An intracranial aneurysm rupture causes a haemorrhagic stroke, and the physical and mental consequences of this condition are numerous and complex. In Sweden, some, but not all, patients receive rehabilitation for this condition. Patients with this type of stroke are not included in the national stroke registry; thus, information on the recovery period for these particular patients is lacking. Design A longitudinal mixed methods study design was used. Methods The sample was consecutive and consisted of 88 patients (84 center dot 6% of 104 eligible), acutely admitted to a neurosurgical clinic in Stockholm for intracranial aneurysm rupture. Data were collected through a postal study-specific questionnaire at 6months, 1year and 2years postaneurysm rupture. Intramethod mixing was used in the data collection, and quantitative and qualitative data were analysed parallel with statistical and qualitative content analysis. Results A majority of participants perceived changes in their everyday lives during the first two years following aneurysm rupture, and the changes were ongoing with little differences reported between 6months and 2years after the onset. Internal changes, or transitions, were revealed within changes in personality, changed social roles and relationships and changed abilities and behaviour. Conclusions Recovering from an intracranial aneurysm rupture involves a period of intense changes and transitions, a vulnerable period for many people that may be made easier to manage by the intervention of nurses. Relevance to clinical practice Patients experiencing transitions in the recovery period after intracranial aneurysm rupture may benefit from nursing interventions that support them through the transitional process. Nurse-led follow-up care by a specialist nurse from the neurosurgical clinic may be a possible way to provide support.

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2014. Vol. 23, no 9-10, p. 1263-1273
Keywords [en]
everyday life;multifaceted approach to change;neurosurgery;nursing;patients' experience;stroke
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36286DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12317ISI: 000334178300011PubMedID: 23957605Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84898436844OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36286DiVA, id: diva2:747188
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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