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Living With Liver Cirrhosis A Vulnerable Life
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för medicin och hälsa. Linköpings universitet, Medicinska fakulteten. Region Östergötland, Hjärt- och Medicincentrum, Magtarmmedicinska kliniken.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för medicin och hälsa, Avdelningen för omvårdnad. Linköpings universitet, Medicinska fakulteten. Region Östergötland, Hjärt- och Medicincentrum, Magtarmmedicinska kliniken.
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Gastroenterology Nursing, ISSN 1042-895X, E-ISSN 1538-9766, Vol. 40, nr 1, s. 38-46Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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Liver cirrhosis is a chronic liver disease. Patients with liver cirrhosis need to manage the symptoms of the disease and possible complications. Symptoms due to ascites, encephalopathy, and/ or varices are hard to manage and live with. Self-care is necessary for coping with the symptoms and for improving the patients life situation. The aim of this study was to explore the areas of life situation and self-care among patients suffering from liver cirrhosis with complications. Interviews with patients with liver cirrhosis (n = 13), seven women and six men (46-70 years), were performed. Data were analyzed using inductive content analysis. The experience of the patients life situation was described from two aspects: vulnerability and reflection on life. Vulnerability was expressed as symptom experience, feelings of loneliness, preconceptions, and limits in daily life. In reflection on life, the patients expressed acceptance and sadness. Self-care dealt with (a) being responsible by observing symptoms and signs; (b) adhering to treatment, prescription, and advice; and (c) the need for more understanding of and information about the disease. When caring for patients with liver cirrhosis, it is important to identify symptoms and feelings and help patients individually to maintain health through self-care.

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LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS , 2017. Vol. 40, nr 1, s. 38-46
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136082DOI: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000158ISI: 000393957100005PubMedID: 28134718OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136082DiVA, id: diva2:1084740
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-03-27 Laget: 2017-03-27 Sist oppdatert: 2018-04-16

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