A comprehensive picture of palliative care at home from the people involved
2005 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, Vol. 9, no 4, 315-324 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this study was to identify the comprehensive picture of palliative care in the home, as experienced by the people involved. The study is a secondary analysis of three phenomenological studies including six cancer patients, six next of kin and six district nurses. Data were collected in qualitative interviews using an interview guide. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. In this secondary analysis, data were analysed by hermeneutic analysis guided by Gadamer. The guiding questions during the reading were: Is there an advantage receiving palliative care at home? Is there a disadvantage receiving palliative care at home? The findings indicate that the advantages of palliative care at home is, striving for normal life, including the care in the home composed of physical care and emotional/mental care. Striving for normal life also includes emotional feelings, safety and resources and policies which regulates this activity. Disadvantages of palliative care at home are commitment, composed of adaptation and extra work, and demands, composed of frustration and uncertainty. If the people involved are to be able to manage the situation and optimize living while dying, there must be support and resources facilitating the situation. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 9, no 4, 315-324 p.
Palliative care, Home care, Cancer, Patients, Next of kin, District nurses, Experiences
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-30274DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2004.11.001Local ID: 15791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-30274DiVA: diva2:251096