Conceptions of life situation among next-of-kin of haemodialysis patients
2001 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 9, no 4, 231-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The presence of renal disease in a family is a strain on both the patient and the next-of-kin, affecting their life situations. Surprisingly, few studies dealing with the ways that the next-of-kin experience their situation are available. The aim of this study was to describe how the next-of-kin of haemodialysis patients conceive their life situation. Data were collected by interviewing 12 people who live with someone with dialysis-treated renal disease and analysed according to a qualitative method inspired by the phenomenographic approach. Six description categories of how the subjects construed their life situation emerged: a feeling of confinement; a feeling of social isolation; a feeling that the way of life has changed; a feeling of security in life; a feeling of a threatening future; and promoting health. The next-of-kin generally expressed a large degree of commitment to and concern for the sick person. In spite of their life situation having been dramatically changed, the next-of-kin described an ability to adapt. With the help of society the feelings of confinement and social isolation can be dispersed, enabling the next-of-kin to promote the health of the sick person. A suggestion for further research is to study what adaptation strategies next-of-kin use in their life situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 9, no 4, 231-239 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27214DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2834.2001.00233.xLocal ID: 11863OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27214DiVA: diva2:247765