liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Health in everyday life among spouses of haemodialysis patients: a content analysis
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
School of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University, Halmstad and Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
School of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University, Halmstad.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Despite the fact that haemodialysis requires that spouses support and assist their partner during the treatment period, little attention has been focused on their health. The aim of this study was to explore experiences of health in everyday life in spouses of haemodialysis patients. The study had an explorative and descriptive design based on content analysis. Thirteen participants were interviewed in their home without the presence of the patient. The results show that arduousness was experienced when that spouses' everyday life was taken up by caring for the patient at the expense of his/her own health. Spouses exhibited stamina and neglected their own health when focusing on the patient and minimising their own condition. Independence in everyday life revealed that spouses who cared about themselves and looked after their own health experienced relaxation and happiness, which protected their health. Clinical interventions should include an assessment of the spouses' health and everyday life in order to plan the care to ensure that it is directed towards increasing their independence. Future study could be done with a grounded theory method on this population to determine relationships between elements of the social process of arduousness, stamina and/or independence in the context ofhaving a spouse experiencing haemodialysis.

Keyword [en]
health experience, everyday life, spouses, haemodialysis patients, content analysis
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81931OAI: diva2:556610
Available from: 2012-09-25 Created: 2012-09-25 Last updated: 2012-09-25Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Everyday life among next of kin of haemodialysis patients
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Everyday life among next of kin of haemodialysis patients
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Everyday life can be complex when next of kin of haemodialysis patients are preoccupied with taking care of the patient and his/her health. which implies the difficulties and requirements needed. The general aim of this thesis was to explore and describe everyday life among next of kin of haemodialysis patients with focus on the life situation, health, time and professional support. Two perspectives of the thesis was applied: a holistic perspective on the everyday life of next of haemodialysis patient and a social perspective with focus on human communication and understanding of next of kin's experience of everyday life. A qualitative descriptive and explorative design. comprising a phenomenographic and content analysis was used in Studies I-IV. The data collected in the studies consisted of interviews with next of kin to haemodialysis patient and analysis of professional support for next of kin to chronic haemodialysis patients in nursing documentation from two hospitals in Sweden.

The experience of time in everyday life among next of kin of haemodialysis patients demonstrated that time for them is minimised and life space contracted. Next of kin experienced ambivalence towards their own health, especially in cases of patients' spouses When next of kin of haemodialysis patient's became involved in the patients' care, they experienced arduousness in relation to their own health as well as less uninterrupted time for themselves in everyday life. and their life situation was characterised by confinement and social isolation. They were aware of the prognosis of renal disease and the fact that haemodialysis is a life-sustaining treatment, which forced them to live for the moment. The everyday life among the next of kin changed when the family became involved in the care. which in turn lead to a changed life situation and restrictions in everyday life. Lack of knowledge in nursing documentation of professional support revealed necessity of the readiness of next of kin. It is therefore important to be familiar with this in the nursing process. especially when the patient and their next of kin need support and attention in everyday life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2005. 58 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 926
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32086 (URN)17942 (Local ID)91-85497-65-7 (ISBN)17942 (Archive number)17942 (OAI)
Public defence
2005-12-15, Ekensalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2012-09-25Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Ziegert, Kristina
By organisation
Nursing ScienceFaculty of Health Sciences
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 20 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link